Peter Scudamore never won the Grand National but what he did to the record books in his 14-year career was something else again.
When he retired in 1993 Peter had ridden a total of 1678 winners out of 7521 mounts and was the most successful jump jockey in history. He was champion jockey a record eight times – the last seven in succession.
However one Scudamore season stands out like a beacon. In 1988-89 Peter attacked Jonjo ONeills record of 149 winners in a single campaign with a gusto never before seen on an English racetrack. By the time he had finished Jonjos record wasnt just beaten – it had been cremated. Peter finally notched up a staggering 221 winners.
A number of these winners came from his close partnership with the trainer Martin Pipe – who was the first trainer to refine his methods with a very scientific approach. Indeed of Peters 1687 winners – 792 had been saddled by Pipe.
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