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    Guest Blog: Scu’s Views from Peter Scudamore

    Hurdle Bet are proud to have eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore on board as a guest blogger. Visit the site every Monday and throughout the Festival in March to get all the reaction from one of horse racing’s all-time greats.

    Peter Scudamore also received an MBE for his services to the sport of horse racing. When hanging up his saddle after steering Sweet Duke to victory at Ascot on April 7 1993, he had amassed a then all-time career record of 1,678 winners.

    Known universally as ‘Scu’, Peter rode 13 Cheltenham Festival winners including two Champion Hurdle successes on Celtic Shot in 1988 and Granville Again in 1993, plus a Queen Mother Champion Chase on Pearlyman in 1987.

    His father Michael was also a jockey and famously steered Oxo to victory in the 1959 Grand National. The Scudamore dynasty continues to thrive with Peter’s two sons involved in the game.

    Michael is a trainer based in Herefordshire, who saddled Monbeg Dude to win Chepstow’s Welsh Grand National in 2012 and Next Sensation to win the Grand Annual Chase at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

    Other son Tom is a jockey attached to the David Pipe yard who has enjoyed plenty of big race successes, including the 2016 King George VI Chase at Kempton and 2016 World Hurdle at the Festival both on board Thistlecrack.

    Peter is now assistant trainer to his partner Lucinda Russell. Together they have formed a partnership which has produced the most successful racing yard in the history of Scottish jumps racing.

    Cheltenham Gold Cup preview from Charlie McCann

    Hurdle Bet also proudly present a Cheltenham Gold Cup preview penned by BetVictor’s head of PR, Charlie McCann. A former talkSPORT racing correspondent, Charlie has more than a decade of experience fronting up public relations in betting first for 32Red (2004-08), Stan James (2008-11) and now BetVictor.