Tom Scudamore: Career Profile

Will Tom Scudamore go one better than his father and land a Grand National?
Will Tom Scudamore go one better than his father and land a Grand National?
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Russell Smith continues his look at some big-name jockeys ahead of the 2016 Grand National, and today it's the famous Scudamore family, and in particular 'young' Tom, who gets his career profiled...


"The most prominent in the betting of the Somerset trainer's sextet is Soll, whom Scudamore finished ninth on 12 months ago, and is a 33/1 chance with Betfair to triumph this time."

Tom Scudamore is only too aware of a deep sense of family history every time the Crabbie's Grand National comes around.

As the third generation of Scudamore jockeys to tackle the famous Aintree race, the 33-year-old dreams of emulating his grandfather, Michael, who won it on Oxo in 1959.

At the same time, he harbours hopes of going one better than his father, Peter, who never tasted National glory despite being crowned champion jockey on no fewer than eight occasions.

However, before he can ride in this year's renewal on April 9, Scudamore faces a fitness battle after being sidelined by a crashing fall from Abracadbra Sivola at Uttoxeter 12 days ago.

He was left battered and bruised by the spill.

But his boss, David Pipe, who still has six entries in the Merseyside marathon, reported this week that his stable jockey hopes to be back for the meeting.

The most prominent in the betting of the Somerset trainer's sextet is Soll, whom Scudamore finished ninth on 12 months ago, and is a 33/1 chance with Betfair to triumph this time.

Other potential mounts are 40/1 shot Vieu Lion Rouge and 50/1 chances Ballynagour and Katkeau.

It's set to be Scudamore's 15th ride in the Merseyside marathon, with his best finish so far an eighth place on Blowing Wind behind Monty's Pass in 2003.

He will go there full of confidence, though, after landing his biggest career success on Thistlecrack in the Ryanair World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Colin Tizzard.

Growing up in the village of Condicote, near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, Scudamore has been riding since the age of two. Educated at Cheltenham College, he started as an amateur jockey while still at school, with the point-to-pointers trained by his mother, Marilyn, helping to get him going.

His first win under rules came on Nordic Breeze in a flat race at Warwick in July 1998, while he got off the mark over fences in November that year aboard Young Thruster at Newton Abbot.

Following in his father's footsteps, he joined Martin Pipe's Nicolashayne yard, near Wellington, and became champion amateur jockey in 2001.

Turning professional in the October of that year, he gained his first success in the paid ranks when Belle D'Anjou scored at Chepstow.

With David Pipe taking over from his father after the 15-time champion trainer retired in April 2006, Scudamore stepped up to be stable jockey. He forged a successful partnership with Lough Derg, highlighted by victory in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December 2007.

His first Cheltenham Festival winner arrived in the following March when An Accordion landed the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase.

Madison Du Berlais was another Pipe star for Scudamore, springing a shock 25/1 victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and also claiming the Betfred Bowl at Aintree in the 2008/09 season.

His first century of winners came in the 2013/14 campaign, including three Cheltenham Festival victories for his boss - 33/1 outsider Western Warhorse (Arkle Trophy), Dynaste (Ryanair Chase) and Ballynagour (Byrne Group Plate).

Scudamore surpassed that seasonal total with 150 last term.

Festival triumphs were provided by the Pipe-trained Moon Racer in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and Next Sensation in the Johnny Henderson Memorial Grand Annual Chase for his brother Michael's Bromsash stables, near Ross-on-Wye.

This season, Scudamore reached a milestone with his 1,000th winner on Impulsive American at Musselburgh.

And after Thistlecrack's triumph at this year's Festival plus Un Temps Pour Tout's victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase, he'll be chomping at the bit to return in time for Aintree.


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