Twiston-Davies, teenage son of trainer Nigel, has spent almost seven months on the sidelines this year, first with a broken leg and then a broken ankle.
But on his sixth ride since his latest return, he was back in the winner’s enclosure after Trafalgar’s success in the Signs 2000 Handicap Hurdle.
Following his travails since he became the youngest jockey ever to win over the Grand National fences at the age of 16 in the Fox Hunters’ on Baby Run last spring, Twiston-Davies revealed just how much his sixth victory meant to him.
“This was the horse I was desperate to get back for,” he said after four-year-old Trafalgar powered home by three and a half lengths from Be My Light.
The 15-8 favourite towered over his nearest rival, and outbattled her too, to score for the first time in just his fourth race of any type.
“I’ve been watching him, finishing fourth and then second – and I was determined to get back for him,” added his jockey.
“He’s my favourite horse at home. I ride him every day, so that makes it even more special for me.”
Trafalgar, jockey and trainer’s only opportunity yesterday, was partnered by Twiston-Davies’ older brother Sam in novice hurdles at Aintree and Exeter.
“If I’d got him beaten I would have blamed myself for not going fast enough,” said Willy.
“Three miles over fences will be the making of him. He’s a lovely big horse.”
At the other end of the jockeys’ age scale, Chris Honour is hoping Poole Master can help to give him a glorious end to his career.