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Monday, 14 December 2015

Sam Twiston-Davies 'sorry' after Southwell drama

Sam Twiston-Davies apologised for the defeat of Hawkhurst at Southwell after being unseated in dramatic fashion within yards of certain victory in the Flames Of Newark Novices' Hurdle.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Hawkhurst, sent off the 8-15 favourite, was well clear after jumping the final flight when he attempted to buck, flashed his tail, jinked to the right and Twiston-Davies was dumped out of the saddle.

That left Weststreet to land the spoils for the Grand National-winning team of trainer Oliver Sherwood and jockey Leighton Aspell.

Twiston-Davies vowed to do his best to ensure there will be no repeat of the incident.

He tweeted: "Apologies to all with Hawkhurst today, I can only say sorry. An error on my part, I'll be working hard to make sure it never happens again."

Nicholls also took to Twitter in support of his rider.

The Ditcheat trainer wrote: "You do not need to apologise to anyone, these things happen and you know he is 'quirky' at home. Move on."

The stewards inquired into the incident and, after interviewing Twiston-Davies and viewing recordings of the race, they took no further action.

Bookmaker Paddy Power offered money back, as free bet singles only, on Hawkhurst.

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