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Paddy Brennan leaves Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable job

Paddy Brennan
Brennan will continue to rider Imperial Commander

Gold Cup-winning Paddy Brennan has ended his stint as stable jockey to trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Brennan, who won at Cheltenham on Imperial Commander in 2010, will still ride for his old boss as a freelance.

"We've had an amazing four years together," said the Irishman whose decision surprised Twiston-Davies.

There has been speculation that Brennan, 29, felt his chances were being limited by the rise of Twiston-Davies' jockey son Sam, 18.

However, Brennan denied on his Twitter feed that he had used the phrase "blood is thicker than water" when discussing the situation.

Trainer Twiston-Davies told the Racing Post: "It has all come as a bit of a surprise. I didn't realise he was going to make this decision, but that is fine.

"It is definitely a case of Paddy deciding to leave rather than me pushing him. If he thinks this will improve his career, good luck to him.

"There has been absolutely no falling out, and hopefully Paddy will still be riding lots of winners for me."

Twiston-Davies added: "Because Sam is my son I have never pushed him. I have never held Paddy to horses, and it's really whoever the owners want."

Ian Robinson, a spokesman for Imperial Commander's owners, said Brennan would continue to ride their horse.

"Paddy will remain Imperial's jockey until he decides otherwise," he said. "He has a fantastic relationship with the horse."

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