Two Winners, Different Tracks For James Davies

Two Winners, Different Tracks For James Davies

Jumps' Jockey James Davies completed a rare double at the weekend, by landing two winners on different cards on Saturday afternoon, live on ITV Racing.

Davies rode Generous Day to victory in the 1:15 at Warwick before travelling south to Kempton, to win the 3m Handicap Chase at 3:15 aboard Glen Rocco.

It is some accomplishment for any jockey to make the journey to a different track on the same day, but an even bigger one to make the ride a winning one.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "It often doesn't come off but it worked out well and making the journey was definitely worthwhile.

"You wouldn't fancy doing it on a Friday but the roads were quiet and I actually had a bit of time to spare.

"I warned connections of the horse at Warwick in advance I'd have to speak to them later, and once I'd jumped off and weighed in I legged it to the car," he said.

Some thought he were mad, but Davies proved how worthy the the hour-and-a-quarter trip to Sunbury was, when Nick Gifford's Glen Rocco sauntered clear up the straight to win by over twenty lengths.

Rocco backed up the form with Glen Forsa from the two-and-a-half mile chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, and with the fourth Dell Oro also winning on Friday, the form looks particularly solid for a novice contest.

Davies spoke to one of the owners of the horse post-race - TV Presenter Jeremy Kyle, where he admitted they may have a genuine contender for the Grand National in the years to come.

He said: "I jokingly said to Jeremy [Kyle] afterwards the horse wants four miles not three.

"He had a big grin on his face as they're dreaming about the Grand National with him, which would be lovely one day," said Davies.

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