The Cheltenham Festival – what a great week for the home team!


The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle saw Nigel Twiston-Davies and his son, Sam, with their mount, THE NEW ONE, deny victory to favourite, PONT ALEXANDRE despite all the efforts of Ruby Walsh.

The five-year-old gelding (pictured here just before leaving for Cheltenham) sprinted home with a decisive four-length success and made this his third win from four starts this season.

Sam Twiston-Davies commented: "This is him in his full glory. He jumped brilliant and travelled away great. You won't get a much better feeling than that. It was absolute class. I had a bit of trouble in running coming down the hill. I'd like to think he'd be really, really good. This race looked very competitive and considering we got a few knocks down the hill he has really picked up."

Out of breath from cheering her horse home, Sarah Such, joint-owner of THE NEW ONE, said afterwards: "Amazing. I can't breathe, he is absolutely wonderful, a really special horse."

She also explained how her horse got his name: "When he came up the gallops Nigel would say, 'There's the new one with no name' and it stuck."


Three doors down from Cheltenham champion, KAYF ARAMIS, at Grange Hill Farm, lives another champion, SAME DIFFERENCE, also lovingly cared for by Becky Maycroft, who now proudly has two Festival winners in her string.

On Thursday the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained seven-year-old gelding denied the favourite, SUPER DUTY, victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase by a head.

'Sydney' as he is called at home, wearing a visor for the first time, was given a very patient ride by Ryan Hatch as SUPER DUTY and BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE fought it out for leadership.

Eventually the latter weakened, leaving the only threat from ROMANESCO, ridden by Nina Carberry who, try as she might, just couldn't coax any more out of her eight-year-old and it was left to SAME DIFFERENCE to do the business in style.

Amateur rider, Ryan Hatch commented: "I can't really put it into words – it's just unreal. He travelled okay, but I was always just slapping him, trying to get him to get hold of the bridle a bit more. He was in mid-division getting banged around and he didn't really like it.

"But on the second circuit, he started to see a bit more light and he grabbed hold of the bit. He's a superstar and he's given me an amazing ride. I didn't think I'd won. I didn't dare think I had won. But boy when they said 'number 13', I was fair relieved. I was over the moon.”

Club News

KayfAramisRacingClub members are looking forward to the next races and gallops morning next week. More details on the website. 

The horses worked really well on the gallops last week (Kayf Aramis with Becky Maycroft, right, and Zayfire Aramis with Jamie Insole below).

With Kayf Aramis having run in the last four Cheltenham Festivals, it was strange not to be going with him this year, although he didn’t seem to mind! It made me realise just how lucky we are to have a Festival winner as our club standard-bearer. 

Everyone welcome to join our fun club.


Join Kayf Aramis Racing at Lambourn Open Day

Kayf Aramis Racing Club has a stand at the
Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday 29th March

Come along and find out more about our friendly club.

Join Kayf Aramis Racing Club on the day and take home a signed photo of Sam Twiston-Davies!

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

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