Tom Scudamore has a surname that always had the potential to send him on the career path of being a jockey. Father Peter Scudamore was an eight-time Champion Jockey during his career, while grandfather Michael won the Grand National on board Oxo in 1959.
Tom decided that race riding would be his career, and he’s made an excellent living from it, with many big race winners. He immediately retired from the sport on February 17th, 2023, after unseating in a fall at Leicester. Just a couple of weeks before that, Scudamore had suffered concussion injuries from another fall, highlighting the perils of being a jump jockey.
Tom Scudamore Grand National Wins
Tom Scudamore has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2017 with Vieux Lion Rouge who came 6th.
|2022||Cloth Cap||Fence 21 - Pulled Up||-||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2021||Cloth Cap||Fence 28 - Pulled Up||-||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2019||Vieux Lion Rouge||15||-||David Pipe|
|2018||Vieux Lion Rouge||9||£10,000||David Pipe|
|2017||Vieux Lion Rouge||6||£13,200||David Pipe|
|2016||Ballynagour||Fence 19 - Unseated Rider||-||David Pipe|
|2014||The Package||12||-||David Pipe|
|2013||Major Malarkey||11||-||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2012||Junior||Fence 2 - Fell||-||David Pipe|
|2010||Madison Du Berlais||Fence 19 - Unseated Rider||-||David Pipe|
|2008||Madison Du Berlais||Fence 8 - Fell||-||David Pipe|
|2006||Iznogoud||Fence 27 - Pulled Up||-||Martin Pipe|
|2004||Shardam||Fence 3 - Unseated Rider||-||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2003||Blowing Wind||8||-||Martin Pipe|
|2002||Smarty||Fence 9 - Pulled Up||-||Mark Pitman|
|2001||Northern Starlight||Fence 6 - Unseated Rider||-||Martin Pipe|
In 1998, Scudamore rode both his first flat win and his first national hunt win. The flat win came first in July of that year, winning on Nordic Breeze at Warwick, while later in November, he recorded his first national hunt win on Young Thruster at Newton Abbot. It would be the start of an awe-inspiring riding career.
In 2001, he won the British amateur champion title, and following that, made the decision to turn professional. While still an amateur this year, he had his first Grand National ride on board Northern Starlight for trainer Martin Pipe. Sadly for Scudamore, he failed to finish the race that year, being unseated from his mount at the sixth fence. When turning professional, the good times kept coming for Scudamore, who bagged a winner with his very first professional ride.
Scudamore spent a large part of his career in association with the Pipe team. This began with him being stable jockey to Martin Pipe, a role he then continued under David Pipe when he took over training duties from his dad. Other stables have given Scudamore plenty of rides and winners over the years, with Colin Tizzard being a notable one.
Scudamore retired from the sport with 1499 winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland. That put him in 10th position in the table of all-time jump jockeys at the time of his retirement. It wasn’t just regular daily meetings where Scudamore would have success, though, he also did it on the big stage.
He never won the Grand National, and his best attempt at winning it was a sixth-placed effort on Vieux Lion Rouge back in 2017, a horse that David Pipe trained.
Elsewhere it was better, and that included the Cheltenham Festival, where Scudamore would end his career with ten winners. The first of those was An Accordion winning the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase back in 2008, while his last was Un Temps Pour Tout landing the same race in 2019.
He won two Cheltenham feature events, the Stayers Hurdle on Thistlecrack in 2014 and the Ryanair Chase a couple of years earlier in 2014 onboard Dynaste. Elsewhere Thistelcrack was the horse to give Scudamore the most success at a high level. Alongside his Stayers Hurdle win, they also won a Liverpool Hurdle, Long Walk Hurdle and King George VI Chase.
An excellent career has now ended, with plenty of big race winners for Scudamore but not the Aintree Grand National.