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Tuesday 30 January 2018

Peter Scudamore: A Fine Racing Pedigree

Today, Peter Scudamore is best known as assistant trainer, and partner, to Lucinda Russell, but is part of a horse racing dynasty headed by his father, Michael – who won the 1959 Grand National on Oxo – and perpetuated by his sons, Tom and Michael junior.
“Scu”, as Peter is affectionately known, originally joined David Nicholson, who was to nurture his early career, as an amateur rider in the 1978/79 season. He turned professional shortly afterwards and, in a glittering career, was to amass 1,678 winners and become champion jockey eight times before his retirement in 1993.

Having ridden for the likes of David Nicholson, Fred Winter and Martin Pipe, Scudamore forged a hugely successful training partnership with Nigel Twiston-Davies, tasting Grand National success with Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree in 2002. More recently, of course, Scu, who turns 60 in June, has played a leading role at Lucinda Russell’s Arlay House Stables, including nurturing jockey Derek Fox, who won the 2017 Grand National on One For Arthur, the first Scottish-trained winner of the famous race since Rubstic in 1979.


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