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New number one for Channon

Willy Twiston-Davies is to take over the role as main jockey to the Mick Channon stable in 2014.

The talented apprentice, son of jumps trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and brother of jump jockey Sam, gets his big chance after Martin Harley left the West Ilsley team to become stable jockey for Newmarket trainer Marco Botti towards the end of the last Flat season.

"William Twiston Davies will step into Martin's role and we're delighted that he's agreed to ride for us next season," the Berkshire trainer told www.MickChannon.tv.

"Like Martin when he joined us, William is a young jockey on the up and I'm looking forward to the season ahead with him riding.

"He's a good lad with a strong family background. He's also done time under Richard Hannon and all of that makes for a hard working, disciplined and conscientious character, able to work with a team.

"The fact that he's a bloody good jockey also has something to do with it.

"As ever, there's no contractual agreement laid out - just a handshake and an understanding. Some of our owners already have their own jockeys and that won't change but William will invariably ride as first choice.

"We'll have the usual lads riding as well with Sam Hitchcott and Charlie Bishop an invaluable part of the operation whilst our apprentice Daniel Cremin is improving all the time.

"William rode a few winners for us at the back end of the year and I'd like to see that continue into 2014. We've got the yearlings cantering and ready to kick on in January so we've got plenty to look forward to."

Twiston-Davies began his career riding over jumps and was triumphant on Baby Run for his father in the John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in April 2011.

He soon switched his attention to the Flat and was in winning action on Friday in Dubai where he was successful on Enery at Jebel Ali.