Daily Mail - - Racemail - By MAR­CUS TOWNEND Rac­ing Cor­re­spon­dent

Sam Twis­ton-Davies faces a spell on the side­lines af­ter frac­tur­ing an el­bow in a fall at Sandown on Sun­day.

The ab­sence of his No 1 jockey means trainer Paul Ni­cholls will hand ex­tra rides to Sean Bowen, Harry Cob­den and Bry­ony Frost at this week’s three-day Chel­tenham fix­ture.

There is also a pos­si­bil­ity the in­jury could im­pact on the call-up of Cob­den, who stood in for his in­jured col­league at Kemp­ton yes­ter­day, for Colin Tiz­zard- trained Cue Card in the Bet­fair Chase at Hay­dock on Satur­day week should Ni­cholls now need him to cover for Twis­tonDavies at as­cot on the same day. Twis­ton-Davies (left) was in­jured when un­seated from Dou­ble Ross on Sun­day but rode in the sub­se­quent Bumper and was only aware of a prob­lem when he woke up in pain.

X-rays showed a frac­ture of his ole­cra­non. He hopes to be back in time for New­bury’s Win­ter Car­ni­val on De­cem­ber 1-2.

Ni­cholls, who leads the train­ers’ cham­pi­onship, said: ‘If Sam can’t ride we’ve got Sean and Harry as a good backup team. They have done the job be­fore but it is frus­trat­ing as Sam is rid­ing well,’

Ni­cholls has two run­ners in Satur­day’s fea­ture BetVic­tor Gold Cup. Barry Ger­aghty is likely to ride JP mcmanus- owned Le Prezien with Cob­den or Bowen on Ro­main De Se­nam.

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