COTSWOLD jockey Sam Twiston-Davies is to replace Daryl Jacob as stable jockey to Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat next season.

The champion trainer said there had been “no falling-out” with Jacob, who is currently out injured after a freak accident at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

Having made his name riding for trainer father Nigel at their Naunton base, Twiston-Davies has partnered a number of high-profile horses for Nicholls recently, including Big Buck’s and Tidal Bay.

Nicholls said: “Sam will be our number one stable jockey next season. He’ll have the pick of our team with the exception that Noel Fehily keeps the ride on Silviniaco Conti.

“But it is also a two-way street as regards the top horses and we have agreed that Sam will continue to partner The New One for his father for next season.

“I told Daryl of the decision and also offered him the number two job. He came back to me to say he would rather go freelance.”