Sceptre  Introduction

 

Noting on the official Twiston-Davies – a common name in racing fans lexicon – website that he has ‘been riding really sine I could stand’ it’s no surprise that Sam Twiston-Davies is growing up to be one of the most respected young jockeys on the circuit. With aristocratic blood in him from the success of his father, Nigel, Sam is a chip off the old block!

 

A rider for the fun of it as well as to avoid having to a get a ‘real job’ by his own admission, Twiston-Davies has been riding from a young age. Like many sports stars, he realizes that this allows him to live a life that few could dream of, while doing something that he truly loves.

 

Career Summary

 

With a budding career in the sport that awaits, Twiston-Davies started to see major success when he made his Grand National debut in 2010. He rode Hello Bud on the 10th April, creating what was the very beginnings of a truly exemplary and memorable career path for both. His first major win came at Christie’s Foxhunter Chase, when he rode Baby Ru to success at the Cheltenham Festival.

 

It’s not just who he is related to that sets Sam Twiston-Davies apart from the rest: it’s that desire to win and to always success regardless of the depth or the scale of the challenge that awaits. At 21, he was already the top jockey for Paul Nicholls, replacing Daryl Jacob. Over time, we’re going to see the emergence of one of the true stars of the next generation.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – (very hard to research this guy – the information is so vague, not sure what would be considered ‘major’ for him, sorry!)

 

Associations – Twiston-Davies family, Paul Nicholls.

 

Ascot Racecourse  The racecourse was established by the Queen in 1711 because she realised that there was potential at Ascot for a racecourse. At the time, she was riding near Windsor and stumbled upon the area of open heath and felt that it looked like a place from which horses could gallop at full stretch. The big day then came on Saturday 11th of August that same year and the unveiling was open to any horse, gelding or mare that was above 6 years old and a 12 stone (76kg) weight was required of each horse to carry. The race came to be famously known as “Her Majesty’s Plate” and was worth 100 Guineas at thi first event, where 7 horses competed.

 

It became a certified racecourse when the first building was permanently erected in 1794. It would hold a capacity of 1,650 and was used for 50 years. In 1813, Parliament passed an act that declared it a public racecourse, which ultimately secured its future. In 1913, an act was passed in which established the Ascot Authority that has been
managing the racecourse till now.

 

Ascot Racecourse is located in Ascot Berkshire SL5 7JX, England. The racecourse sits on 179 acres of parkland and is next to Windsor Great Park in a very beautiful wooded countryside. It has 300 meeting rooms , with each going for 250 pounds. It has large dining venues and event spaces that can hold a maximum of 6000 people. The surrounding area has facilities that have a historical feeling to them and can host parties that can accommodate up to 1000 people.

 

The racecourse has some notable races that take place yearly. The most famous is the Royal Ascot and is attended by the royal family. It runs for 4 days. There is also the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which has a prize of 1,000,000 pounds.

 

In 2011, while celebrating its Tercentenary, Ascot held the QIPCO British Champions Day. It was also at the epicentre for the celebrations marking the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee.

 

In 2012, the world top 4 horses on official ratings ran at Ascot.

James Doyle  Introduction

 

At just 29, James Doyle still has much of his career left ahead of him. What has come so far, though, is some of the most impressive racing and title winning seen in recent years. A world-class flat-racing jockey, Doyle has picked up an incredible 530 career wins and 13 major honours as a jockey from the Dubai Duty Free Stakes in 2012 to the Falmouth Stakes 2015, he’s won an incredible amount already – with much more to come, too, he’s bound to become one of the most decorated jockeys of his era.

 

Career Summary

 

Growing up in Cambridgeshire, James Doyle went on to become a jockey after the work of sister Sophie Doyle and mother Jacqueline. His mother was the trainer for Winter Derby 2000 winner, Zanay, and James got his first win on one of his mother’s steeds in Somayda. From that win at Goodwood, Doyle has gone on to claim major trophies as the years have gone by.

 

His first major trophy win came in 2012 when he won the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, winning by more than four lengths. This started a new era of his career, where he began to pick up trophies on a regular basis. As a stable jockey for Roger Charlton, Doyle began to pick up the trophies on a regular basis, with the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes followed by major honours such as the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

 

Riding for Sheikh Mohammed’ Godolphin as one of their trusted riders, Doyle has become a trophy winner and a popular jockey on the circuit.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

Major Wins – Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2012), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013, 2014, 2015), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2013), Eclipse Stakes (2013), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014), St. James’s Palace Stakes (2014), Sussex Stakes (2014), Champion Stakes (2014), Lockinge Stakes (2015), Falmouth Stakes (2015).

 

Associations – Sophie Doyle, Jacqueline Doyle, Al Kazeem, Cityscape, Kingman, Noble Mission, Rizeena, Night of Thunder.

 

Brigadier Gerard  Introduction

 

With a two-year trophy laden spell that many horses would struggle to match, Brigadier Gerard is a true legend of the horse racing industry. In a devastating career, the legendary British thoroughbred captured seventeen trophies across eighteen races. For many, it’s rated as one of the finest – if not the finest – of British horseracing in the whole of the 1900s.

 

With a win as a two-year-old in the Middle Park Stakes, things went from there as BG started to win more and more. From ages two to four, it claimed trophies galore suffering just a single defeat across its whole career.

 

Career Summary

 

That defeat came at the end, when it was beaten by Roberto in the first-ever running of the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup. With just one loss across a stellar spell, though, it’s safe to say that the career of BG could be summed up as one of perennial achievement.

 

Praised for a calm and cool temperament even when the heat was on, BG was a crowd favourite as it pulled itself into positions of power with ease. Joe Mercer was the lucky jockey to sit on the back of this legendary horse, trained by the likes of Dick Hern.

 

Together, they created a race machine that finished with a Timeform rating of 144. It was also elected by all 40 of the members of the Racegoers’ Club for the 1972 British Horse of the Year poll. It is, so far, the only horse to win the vote unanimously.

 

Achievements & Highlights

 

An incredible career that witnessed wins in everything it took part in bar one, it would be hard to give a single highlight or achievement for the horse. It even went on to become a stud in later life, although it’s success on the track was far more than its success as a sire. It’s two winning returns – Light Cavalry and Vayrann – are well-reputed horses, however. While it may have been a better racer than a sire, it’s still an important achievement to add to the plentiful list of successes it has already shared.

 

Wins – Washington Singer Stakes (1970), Middle Park Stakes (1970), 2000 Guineas (1971), St. James’s Palace Stakes (1971), Sussex Stakes (1971), Goodwood Mile (1971), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1971 & 1972), Champion Stakes (1971 & 1972), Westbury Stakes (1972), Lockinge Stakes (1972), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1972), Eclipse Stakes (1972), K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1972).

 

Associations – John Hislop, Dick Hern.

 

Earnings – Over £250k.