The retired Hello Bud has been given to jockey Sam Twiston-DaviesPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Twiston-Davies hails 'legend' as Bud retired
JOCKEY Sam Twiston-Davies has hailed Hello Bud as a "legend" after the gallant 14-year-old was retired following his brilliant win in the Becher Chase at Aintree last week.
Trained and owned by Nigel Twiston-Davies, Hello Bud had been under consideration for the John Smith's Grand National but the trainer has decided to bow to his son's wishes and retire the nine-time winner.
Sam Twiston-Davies partnered Hello Bud on his final 17 starts - including a memorable fifth in the 2010 Grand National when the jockey was just 17 - and he is already looking forward to days out with his old friend.
"A very happy retirement to the legend that is Hello Bud. Will miss him at Aintree but will never forget," he wrote on Twitter.
"Anyone who wants to see Budley he'll be out hunting with the North Cotswold's on Christmas Eve. I'll be the one at the front getting run away with!"
Twiston-Davies jnr received a surprise when reading Saturday's Racing Post as his dad revealed he planned to give Hello Bud to his son to enjoy an active retirement.
Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "I didn't rush into making a final decision but I've decided he should go out on a high. He is one of the family and will live with us forever."