Tom Scudamore enjoyed an emotional win at Newbury on Saturday as he guided Sizing Tennessee to victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase.
The 36-year-old son of eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore revealed that he missed his grandfather’s funeral in order to feature on board the Colin Tizzard-trained 10-year-old.
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And he was delighted as Sizing Tennessee built on his 11-length win at Fontwell last time out to defy the odds with a 10-length success ahead of stablemate Elegant Escape.
Alan King’s six-year-old Dingo Dollar was in the mix at one point, but dropped back to settle for third place another seven lengths behind.
Afterwards, Scudamore said: “I lost my grandfather two weeks ago, it was his funeral yesterday and I wasn’t able to go – those are the sacrifices you make. I was so sorry not to be there, but he was with us today.”
He added of Sizing Tennessee: “I was always confident in him, his novice chase form last season was very good and his Fontwell run has turned out well. “I thought he was under the radar – I didn’t expect to win like that, but a win is a win. “I was always very happy and it was a great thrill.”