In a recent promotion ahead of the highly anticipated Grand National, Coral spoke to father and son team Peter and Tom Scudamore, who discussed the significance of the race.
“People are aware of that race more than any other,” Tom Scudamore began. “It was always part of my family’s history.”
As a highly experienced flat and steeplechase jockey from an established racing family, Tom Scudamore has won several key victories throughout his career, including seven Cheltenham Festival wins between 2008 and 2015.
In addition to his Cheltenham success, Scudamore has also won the prestigious King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, but Aimtree’s iconic Grand National has always eluded the Gloucestershire native.
Further discussing his family’s history, the jockey remarked: “I’m extremely proud of everything that my father and grandfather have achieved. If I won the national, it would be the pinnacle of my career so far, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Tom Scudamore’s grandfather, Michael Scudamore, famously won the Grand National in 1959, on horse Oxo.
Emphasising the significance of winning the Grand National as a defining moment of a professional jockey’s career: “When we went somewhere with him (Peter) and grandad, they’d all flock to dad and say ‘you’re a champion jockey eight times, how many times have you won it?’”
When his father confirmed that he had never won the coveted race, his grandfather would jump in and say ‘I’ve won it once!’
The Grand National will take place tomorrow (10 April), with it occurring behind closed doors for the first time in its history due to COVID-19 safety measures.
Tom Scudamore will appear in the race riding Cloth Cap, a horse he describes as a ‘revelation’ to compete with this eason, having won the Ladbroke Chase at Newbury last year.
The horse’s name comes from the piece of headwear worn by Michcael Scudamore in his Grand National win over 62 years ago, and the runner comes in as the favorite at 9/2.
Source – Coral Official YouTube Channel