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Horseracing: Where are they now?; Michael Scudamore.

Byline: GARRY OWEN

AS well as landing the 1959 Grand National aboard Oxo and 1957 Gold Cup on Linwell, Michael Scudamore is also one of the privileged few jockeys to have ridden a winner over jumps for the late Queen Mother.

Indeed his last strike before officially retiring came at Wye in 1966 when wearing the famous blue and buff colours on Gay Record although he made a brief comeback to win a celebrity race on the Flat at Wincanton four years ago.

Now a sprightly 69-year-old, Scudamore is the father of former champion Peter whose own son Tom is now representing a great family conveyor belt of national hunt pilots.

Scudamore senior, who still rides out several times a week for Nigel Twiston-Davies, said: "I was proud to watch Peter become a champion and now it's marvellous seeing young Thomas doing so well for himself. My own father wasn't a bad amateur rider either in the 1940's.

"I didn't come up to ride at Ayr or Bogside very often as it was a long trip in my day and both my rides in the Scottish National were unplaced.

Forced to call it a day at 34 due to serious head injuries incurred in a fall at Wolverhampton, he's left with memories of capturing all the top jumps prizes bar the Champion Hurdle.

He added: "The year I won on Oxo I tried to hold him up to get the trip but a few horses fell at Becher's first time and I was too handy. We jumped the last upsides Wyndburgh and Tim Brookshaw who had been without irons sinceBecher's.

Despite hitting the last we held on to win by a length and a half but the result may have different had Tim ridden with irons.

"Winning the Gold Cup was also a big highlight. Peter never did win them although he did win the Champion Hurdle a couple of times - who knows maybe Thomas will win all three."

Scudamore also took the 1956 King George VI Chase on Peter Cazalet's Rose Park, a 100-6 shot who beat more fancied stable companion Devon Loch.

Scudamore trained a fair amount of winners between 1967 and 1996 but he will be forever remembered for his riding exploits as well as those of his son and grandson.
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Date:May 25, 2002
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