Which trainer provided Tom Scudamore with his first winner as a professional?
Tom Scudamore is, of course, the son of Peter ‘Scu’ Scudamore, who won the Jump Jockeys’ Championship eight times between 1981/82. Scudamore Jnr. made his debut, as a 16-year-old, in an amateur riders’ race at Warwick on July 3, 1998. He finishing second on Nordic Breeze, trained by Martin Pipe, but Angel ‘Jacobs’, jockey of the easy winner, Broughtons Lure, was subsequently revealed to be Angel Monserrate, a former professional in the United States and therefore ineligible. Following a inquiry by the Jockey Club Disciplinary Commitee, Broughtons Lure was disqualified and placed last, and Scudamore was retrospectively handed his first winner.
In any event, Scudamore went on to win the Amateur Gentleman Jockeys Flat Championship in 2001, and turned professional in October that year. He rode his first winner in the paid ranks, Belle D’Anjou, trained by Martin Pipe, in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow on October 6, 2001, having ridden the same horse to victory in the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Final Handicap at Ascot eight days earlier.
Martin Pipe retired in April, 2006 and, the following March, Scudamore was appointed stable jockey to his son, David, who took over the training licence at Pond House Stables in Nicholashayne, Devon. At the last count, Scudamore had ridden 741 winners for the yard, 661 for David Pipe and 80 for his father.