Jack Tudor, a 20-year-old jockey from Wales, has landed the prestigious role of stable jockey to David Pipe at his Pond House Stables. The position became available in February after the shock retirement of long-time number one, Tom Scudamore, and Tudor’s services have been regularly called upon by Pipe since, including at the Cheltenham Festival. Tudor has already ridden four winners for Pipe in his career so far.
Tudor follows in the footsteps of great jockeys such as Sir Anthony McCoy, Richard Dunwoody, and Peter Scudamore to be in possession of the Pond House top job, and he admits he has big shoes to fill following Pipe’s announcement of the news. He said, “It’s obviously a big move for me and I’m looking forward to it and excited to see what happens. It’s a role that has been filled by great jockeys before and there are big shoes to fill, but hopefully I can fill them.”
Tudor shot to prominence when he partnered Christian Williams’ Potters Corner to win the 2019 Welsh Grand National, and Kitty’s Light is another of the Welshman’s string to provide Tudor with big-race success, winning Newcastle’s Eider Chase earlier this season.
Tudor was keen to pay tribute to Williams as he makes the move from Ogmore-by-Sea to Somerset and hopes to continue linking up with the man who has nurtured the early days of his career when his new association allows. “Christian has been brilliant to me for the past five years,” continued the jockey. “I’ve worked with him since I was 16, and I dedicate all my career so far to him, and the reason I am able to get opportunities such as this is because of him giving me chances and trusting me for so long. I’ll look forward to keeping that relationship going with Christian and riding as many of his as possible, and hopefully, David and Christian can work well together, and we can have plenty of success.”
Grand National-winning trainer Pipe announced Tudor’s appointment on Twitter, saying, “I am excited to announce that @jacktudor9 will be stable jockey at Pond House, supported by our existing team of jockeys. He is a talented young rider with big-race experience. We look forward to exciting times ahead #newbeginnings.”