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The Punter: Jockey Sam’s teen spirit should see him go right to the top

Teenager Sam Twiston-Davies has wasted no time in turning professional after riding Hello Bud into fifth place in the Aintree Grand National.

His first race as a conditional professional came last Saturday when riding Razor Royal into fourth in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

At this year’s Cheltenham Festival he won the Foxhunter Chase for his father and trainer Nigel on board Baby Run who was also successful in the Irish Champion Chase at Leopardstown last year.

The 17-year-old (pictured) has ridden 18 winners, including one on the Flat, and now William Hill have opened a number of special bets on his future. They offer 4-1 that he will be the winner of next year’s National Hunt Conditional Jockeys’ Championship, taking on the likes of Giles Hawkins, Peter Toole and Harry Skelton.

He is 20-1 to ride the winner of the Grand National — a race which his father trained Bindaree to win eight years ago — while he is a 14-1 chance to become champion jockey within the next 10 years which is assuming the one and only Tony McCoy is not around.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “With AP now in his mid-30s it won’t be long before the next generation come calling. With the firepower of a top yard behind him, and confidence that belies his youth, Sam Twiston-Davies is among those waiting in the wings.’’

Sam Twiston-Davies Specials: 4-1: Champion Conditional Jockey in 2010-11 NH season; 14-1: Champion NH Jockey within next 10 years; 20-1: to win Grand National in 2011; 50-1: Champion NH Jockey by end of 2013-2014 season.

Belfast Telegraph