Twiston-Davies could be out until November

Twiston-Davies fell on board One More Go at Chepstow

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 By Lee Mottershead 1:10PM 11 OCT 2016 

SAM TWISTON-DAVIES could be out of action for up to a month, with trainer Paul Nicholls suggesting his retained rider may not return until Cheltenham’s three-day Open meeting, which starts on November 11.

One of the sport’s top riders, Twiston-Davies was left with spleen problems following One More Go’s fatal fall at Chepstow on Sunday.

Twiston-Davies was stood down by the racecourse doctor but then felt well enough to go home. However, he became poorly later in the day and was admitted to hospital in Gloucester.

Speaking to, Nicholls described the injury as a “big blow” for Twiston-Davies but said he will need time to recover.

“He could be out until Cheltenham’s big meeting in November,” said Nicholls.

“Whether it’s that long or two weeks, we wish him a speedy recovery. When a jockey damages their spleen you have to give it a bit of time.

“It’s disappointing as things have been going well. It’s a big blow for Sam.

“These things happen and the sooner he’s back, the better.”

‘He’s fed up’

Twiston-Davies’ father Nigel on Monday provided an update on his son, saying he could have to spend up to a week in hospital for observation.

He said: “I went to see him and he was okay but obviously he’s fed up as he’s not the sort of lad who finds it easy to spend a few days in hospital.

“He has damaged his spleen but they don’t think it will have to come out.

“He needs to stay in hospital for the moment in case there’s a bleed, but there are no broken bones.”

Twiston-Davies has partnered 70 winners so far this season, leaving him 12 victories behind leader and defending champion Richard Johnson.

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