Sam Twiston-Davies

Four-time winner expected to shine in the handicap hurdles at this season's Festival

Sam Twiston-Davies

Cheltenham Festival winners: 4

Paul Nicholls’ retained jockey doubled his Festival haul to four winners last season with victories on Dodging Bullets in the Champion Chase and Aux Ptits Soins in the Coral Cup to add to Baby Run in the Foxhunters’ and The New One in the Neptune. His stable have not been the all-conquering force that they were on Saturdays last season which is going to restrict Twiston-Davies’ chances in the Grade 1 events (Dodging Bullets looks his best hope again).

It is likely to be the handicaps where he is more likely to shine, and especially the handicap hurdles as they have been the greatest source of winners to the yard at recent Festivals with four victories in the last three seasons.