Nigel Twiston-Davies- Horse Trainer

“I’m really looking forward to working with RacehorseClub. Hopefully we will have a lot of fun and success together and bring in a variety of different people into the sport along the way. RacehorseClub has had worldwide success already so it’s great to be part of this winning team.”

Nigel Twiston-Davies


Nigel Twiston-Davies is one the most successful National Hunt trainers in the UK. From his base at Grange Hill Farm in Naunton, Gloucestershire, he has sent out over 1,500 winners, including 17 winners at the Cheltenham Festival and two Grand National winners.

A successful amateur rider, Twiston-Davies learned his trade under Fred Rimell and David Nicholson, before starting training in 1981 as a permit holder whilst plying his trade as a farmer. He saddled his first winner, Last Of The Foxes, at Hereford the following year. In 1989, Nigel stopped farming and took out a full training license.

In 1992, Nigel saddled his first winner of the Scottish Grand National, Captain Dibble and, in 1994, his second, Earth Summit.

Four years later, in 1998, Earth Summit completed a notable career treble by winning both the Welsh National and the Grand National. In 2002, Bindaree won Nigel his second Grand National.

With Cheltenham being his local racecourse, Nigel always has his eye on the Cheltenham Festival. His notable Festival winners include Imperial Commander in the Ryanair Chase in 2009 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2010. Blaklion won the RSA Chase in 2016 and Ballyandy the Champion Bumper in the same year.

Other notable stable stars include Bristol De Mai and The New One who won no less than 19 Graded races between them.

Nigel is the father of the hugely successful National Hunt jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and former Royal Ascot winning jockey and now assistant Willie.

Check out our whole list of horse trainers at RacehorseClub here.