Sam Twiston-Davies: finished second on returnPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Twiston-Davies and Brooke back in action
SAM TWISTON-DAVIES finished second on his eagerly-anticipated return to race-riding at Ffos Las and reported himself to be in good shape following his first ride since sustaining a spleen injury on October 9.
After finishing runner-up on Southport for his father Nigel, the 24-year-old said: "It was a great first ride back. He jumped and travelled nicely. He got into a nice rhythm and I gave him a good push at the end. The body seemed in good shape."
Twiston-Davies had been making the most of the facilities at Oaksey House during his recovery and he was quick to pay tribute to the work of the staff at the specialist rehabilitation centre.
"There's a nice fella in Oaksey House called Mike Peacock who gets you very fit and using muscles I didn't even know I had. It sets you up for getting back on a horse," Twiston-Davies added. "The general fitness is good, but race-riding is different again. The sharpness of your mind, the way the race works out, the speed you are going, those aspects I can still get better on."
Brooke on comeback trail as well
Also on Wednesday, Henry Brooke capped his remarkable return from serious injury when finishing fourth on Sophie Olivia in the bumper at Catterick.
Brooke was airlifted to hospital and placed in an induced coma after suffering eight fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in a fall at Hexham on October 8, but was back in the saddle less than two months later.
He said: "It was good to be back. I felt fine, I am fit enough - I just miss that little bit of race-riding fitness but that will come. I feel better after getting that out of the way, it is back to normal now without all the press."
Brooke enjoyed his biggest day in the saddle when winning last year's Becher Chase aboard Highland Lodge and is looking forward to teaming up with his old ally around the big Aintree fences on Saturday.
"I can't wait for Highland Lodge at Aintree on Saturday. He felt great when I rode him the other day, better than he did last year, so I am looking forward to it," Brooke said.