sport

Michael Scudamore dies aged 81

Michael Scudamore, top jumps jockey, trainer, and head of one of racing's most celebrated families has died, his son Peter has confirmed.

Scudamore, who won the Grand National aboard Oxo in 1959, rode in the race for 16 consecutive years from 1951. He also partnered Linwell to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1957 and during his career claimed nearly every other major National Hunt prize apart from the Champion Hurdle.

Forced to retire at 34 with serious head injuries, he went on to train over a 30-year period, as well as assisting in a number of other stables, and most recently helped out at the Herefordshire yard run by grandson Michael, whose brother Tom - like their father Peter, the eight-times champion - has gone on to achieve so much success as a jockey.

One of his biggest wins as a trainer came with Bruslee in the Mackeson Gold Cup at Cheltenham in 1974.

He last held a licence in 2008 when he handed over to his grandson Michael in April of that year, with the young Scudamore recently training a Welsh National winner in Monbeg Dude.

Names from the sport and beyond were quick to pay their tributes to such a popular figure.

Tom tweeted: "Respected and loved by all who knew him. 'Keep a leg either side and keep on kicking'. Michael Scudamore RIP."

Michael Scudamore junior added on the social-media site: "A huge thank you for everyone's kind words. Our feelings at the moment are of huge pride. To have known him, spent time with him and listened to his wonderful stories and to have been able to call him Grandad."