Tom Scudamore retires from riding.
With immediate effect, Tom Scudamore has announced his retirement from the saddle.
After being disqualified from Ya Know Yaseff at Leicester on Thursday, the 40-year-old decided to end his riding career. The fall caused him to reevaluate his plans for the future.
He told the Daily Mail: “I had a concussion 10 days ago and I have been concussed a few times in the past. At my age you have to be careful. I feel I have had a bit of a warning and falls I could take in the past are harder to take now.
“There was no concussion after my fall at Leicester but I got a right kicking and I thought I have had my warning now.
“Not everybody gets to go out on their own terms but I am. I am not retiring, I am just changing job, although I don’t know what that job will be yet!”
Over the course of his career, Scudamore rode over 1,500 winners, the most notable of which were Thistlecrack’s victories in the King George VI Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle in 2016.
The rider comes from a racing dynasty. His grandfather Michael rode Oxo to victory in the 1959 Grand National, and his father Peter was an eight-time champion jockey over jumps. Michael, his brother, is a successful trainer as well.
Scudamore rode his first winner in 1998, and in the 2014–15 season, when he partnered 150 winners, he achieved his best seasonal total.
He also had a long relationship with the David Pipe yard, following in Martin Pipe’s father’s footsteps as a stable jockey.
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