Keeping it all in the family, jockey Tom Scudamore believes that his brother and trainer Michael has what it takes to get 2014 Crabbies grand National hopeful, Monbeg Dude, across the winning post at this year’s event.
The nine-year-old is currently a general 20/1 ante-post with many of the UK’s leading bookmakers and having already won the Coral Welsh National, looks like a solid contender.
He was due to run at Haydock last week in the Grand National Trial but had to be withdrawn due to a less than perfect scope.
Tom Scudamore said: “His scope wasn’t 100 per cent, so they’ve decided to give him a rest this weekend. The intention is still all systems go for Aintree and I imagine they’ll be looking to get a prep race into him, but it’s not vital; he’s got a good record when fresh as well, so the main thing is to get him clear again.”
Scudamore partnered him on his last run out which was at Cheltenham back in December where he beat out second place finisher Theatre Guide by just over 1L in the Majordomo Hospitality handicap Chase and despite being stable jockey to David Pipe, who has six of his own entries this year, he hasn’t ruled out riding for his brother in the Grand National.
“There’s a lot of things to happen between now and then,” he added. “Obviously I won on him last time and he’s got a great weight off 10-9, so it would be great to ride him again, but we’ll know more nearer the time.”
A win for the Scudamore’s would just add to the family collection, and though their father, Peter, never won the National, their grandfather Michael did, on board Oxo back in 1959.