Affectionately known as “Scu” to horse racing fans, Peter Scudamore is a man that became a household name thanks to his exploits in the saddle.
Despite never winning the world famous Grand National, he rode many a good horse to victory and rewrote the record books with a 14-year-career as a jockey that went way beyond failing to win Liverpool’s greatest steeplechase.
When he eventually hung up his riding boots in 1993, Scu had ridden a total of 1,678 winners from 7,521 mounts and became the most successful jump jockey in history at the time.
Along with that remarkable feat, he was champion jockey a record eight times in his career (one shared with John Francome), with the last seven all coming in succession from 1985 to 1992.
Peter Scudamore Jockey Record
1,678 – Number of career winners
15 – Years as a jockey
34 – Age when retired
221 – Most wins in a season
792 – Total number of Martin Pipe-trained winners for Scudamore
8 – Number of champion jump jockey titles
13 – Number of Cheltenham Festival wins
2 – Number of Champion Hurdle wins
4 – Number of Welsh Grand National wins
2 – Number of Scottish Grand National wins
0 – Number of Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup winners – both showpiece events eluded Scudamore throughout his career.
Peter Scudamore Highlights
His career in numbers throws up some more than impressive days in the saddle, but for “Scu” himself, he can’t regard any season better than the National Hunt campaign of 1988-89, where he raised the bar for jumps jockeys around the UK forever more.
Like a man on a mission, Scu attacked Jonjo O’Neill’s record of 149 winners in a single campaign with a gusto never before seen on an English racetrack. By the time he had finished, Jonjo’s record wasn’t just beaten, it had been demolished, with Peter finally notching up a staggering 221 winners for the season.
A number of these winners came thanks to a brilliant relationship with the legendary trainer Martin Pipe, an association that still continues with the two families today with Tom Scudamore now regularly riding for David Pipe.
Martin was actually the first trainer to refine his methods with a very scientific approach, which also helped Sir AP McCoy to many of his winners over jumps. Remarkably, 792 of Scudamore’s 1,687 winners were trained by Pipe.
Life After Racing
Thanks to having a Grand National-winning jockey for a Dad in Michael Scudamore, racing has always been in Peter’s blood and looks set to continue for a long while yet. So much so that it was handed down to his two sons who have created racing careers of their own with Michael as a trainer and Tom as a Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey.
Plenty of betting punters may have even backed the family a few times for success at race meetings around the country, including the Cheltenham Festival. You’ll often find horse racing tips by Peter Scudamore ahead of the big meeting, but back in 2015, the Scudamore’s shocked the odds with a 16/1 winner of the Grand Annual, which is often the last race of the Festival.
With hardly an interest from the ante-post betting punters or those betting on the day of the race, Tom and Michael teamed up to win the race with Next Sensation, who went on to finish 9th in the race the following year at odds of 8/1, although never managed to reach the same levels following that victory.
Peter has also enjoyed some training success of his own and works in Scotland alongside his partner Lucinda Russell, who actually holds the trainers license on their behalf. In 2017, they worked their magic with a horse called One For Arthur, who clinched victory in the Grand National that year, making it a memorable victory as the first Scottish-trained success in the race’s long and prestigious history.