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Tom Scudamore

Tom Scudamore (born 22 May 1982) is a third-generation British flat and steeplechase jockey. He is the son of eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore; his grandfather Michael won the Grand National on Oxo in 1959.

Background

Scudamore grew up in the tiny village of Naunton, Gloucestershire, which is deep in the heart of British jump racing. He has been riding since the age of two. Scudamore was educated at Cheltenham College Junior School, and then Cheltenham College. Although Tom began riding as a jockey whilst still at Cheltenham College, there was always an educational back-up; he obtained two A-levels while maintaining a busy training schedule.

Career

At 5’8″” tall and 9 stone 12 lbs. (138 lbs.), Scudamore’s first flat win was on Nordic Breeze at Warwick in July 1998. His first steeplechase win was aboard Young Thruster at Newton Abbot Racecourse in November of the same year. He was British amateur champion jockey in 2001 (riding his first Grand National that year as an amateur, on Northern Starlight). Scudamore turned professional in October 2001, winning his first professional race at Chepstow Racecourse on Belle d’Anjou that month. Notable wins are the Ladbroke Hurdle on Desert Air, the Red Square Gold Cup aboard Heltornic, the Eider Chase on Nil Desperandum and the VC Casino Gold Cup aboard Madison Du Berlais. In 2013-2014, he amassed 100 wins. In 2014-15 he rode 150 winners. Riding first for trainer Martin Pipe, since March 2007 Scudamore has been stable jockey for David Pipe (Martin’s son) in Nicholashayne, Devon. He is currently 9th in the all time jump jockeys list.

Tom Scudamore won the King George chase at Kempton in Dec 2016 on Thistlecrack

Family

He became engaged to Charlotte Stucley, daughter of Sir Hugh and Lady Stucley, and the couple married in 2005. They had their first daughter, Margot, in September 2006 and their second daughter, Myrtle, in May 2008.

Charlotte and Tom separated in February 2017.