Monday 17 December 2018

Peter Scudamore

As the son of the famed English National Hunt jockey Michael Scudamore, it was clear from an early age that Peter Scudamore had inherited his father’s talent for winning horse races. Born on the 29th June 1958, the jockey known as ‘Scu’ to his friends began his career in 1978 during his all too brief 15 years in the saddle and he went on to win a remarkable 1,678 races in that time. Such was his success, that he received an MBE for his work in the sport.

Amongst his achievements were 8 British Champion jockey titles, two Scottish Grand National wins, four Welsh Grand National triumphs, two Hennessy Gold Cups, three Sun Alliance Chases and one Triumph Hurdle. It would not be an exaggeration to call Peter Scudamore one of the great jockeys and it was a sad day for racing when he retired in 1993, having achieved great success on the likes of Bonanza Boy, Strands Of Gold and Celtic Shot.

He bowed out in style however, winning his last ever race in the saddle on Sweet Duke at Ascot. A very fitting end to a brilliant career.

Scudamore the Trainer

Peter walked straight into a job as assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies, a position he fulfilled until carrying out the same role for his now life partner, Lucinda Russell at the Arlary House Stables in the Scottish town of Milnathort. A role he still enjoys today.

Scudamore has also been active in the media, often appearing as a BBC pundit on their racing coverage and penning a racing column in British newspaper, the Daily Mail.

The good news is that it seems that the Scudamore legacy is set to continue, as Tom Scudamore, Peter’s son is now a professional jockey. If he has a career anything like his dad’s, he won’t have done too badly at all.

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