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My first anaesthetic

My first anaesthetic

by Sam Twiston-Davies |  19 Nov 2017

Yesterday was a wonderful day at Cheltenham for my family.

After watching work on the gallops and then breakfast, I headed off there with a good team of lads, and spent the day out of the rain in the great bars there - the ones that normal racegoers go to - full of people who love the game, and away from the usual areas I would go.

When Dad’s horse, Splash of Ginge, won the big race, one of the best early season handicaps, our whole table erupted and it was simply amazing.

So many people had written the horse off, but not My Dad and he retained the faith in him. 

It’s hard too when jockeys lose their claim, so for ‘Bells’ (Tom Bellamy) to win a big televised race like that is so important for him.  He’s been riding out for Nige for a few weeks and ridden two or three for the yard now.  He shares a house with Ryan Hatch, and as we all know, Ryan had an awful fall almost a year ago from which he is still recovering. It’s such a game of ups and downs.

Needless to say, a good night was had by all – you have to enjoy the ups when they happen.

Had I been riding, I would probably have been on the winner in the bumper, but my mild disappointment was nothing compared to hearing that Ruby (Walsh) had a bad fall in Ireland. The weighing room is a close knit place, and when you hear of a bad fall, you always hope that for their sake it’s not as bad as it sounds, and you wish them a speedy recovery.

After all, it could be you.

As my op is tomorrow, I need to stop eating this evening, and will just then take on some water in the morning.  I just want to get on with it now really.

Mum will drop me off first thing, and is then off hunting for the morning, and Dad and Willy (brother) are off shooting for the day!!

That’s the way I want it, and Mum will be there later to pick me up and take me home.  She’s a legend.  And will look after me as I recoup and recover.

Bizarrely for a jockey who’s had a few falls, I’ve never had an anaesthetic before so don’t really know what to expect! 

Wish me luck!


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