“Very Knowledgable But”: Horse Racing Fans Split as Tom Scudamore Analyzes Potential Interference in Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Published 12/31/2023, 9:15 AM EST

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English Jockey Tom Scudamore is one of the most accomplished jump jockeys who took retirement from racing with immediate effect. Having been knocked off at Leicester Racecourse, he ended his incredible 25 years of horse racing career earlier this year. Son of 8-time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore, Tom has a glittering career with an impressive 1,511 victory. With astonishing achievements, he ranks among the top 10 most successful Jump jockeys in Great Britain and Ireland’s history. This time the 40-year-old jockey is making headlines due to his recent opinion about handicap races for novice chasers.

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Tom’s recent analysis has sparked division among fans on the internet. Let’s take a closer look at the reactions and opinions circulating online.

Scudamore shares opinions on Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

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ITV Racing took to their Twitter handle to share a post featuring Scudamore’s analysis. The post is captioned, “Tom Scudamore talks us through whether there was any interference during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Newbury 🎥.”

Scudamore delves into the last stages, featuring Henry Spren and Keenwood on the left side, and Walking On Air with James Bowen on the right. He further analyses the movement. He keeps the spectators updated as James switches around to get another run out of Walking On Air.

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Scudamore adds, “The uniqueness of the course, you have to factor that in, and Keenwood all the way through is aware of James on his inside, he’s made room for him accordingly, if James had snuck down the inside there would always have been room for him, he’s made the decision to switch to get another run out of Walking On Air, unfortunately for James the line hasn’t come through.” 

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The third-generation British flat-former jockey Scudamore’s recent analysis divided the jockeys’ fans.

Fans divide after former jockey’s recent analysis

Since ITV posted his short clip, fans have been showing their exasperation regarding this, one of the fans commented, ‘’Tom very knowledgable but can we see more of Leonna please?’’

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Yet, another fan also criticized the legendary jockey for his recent analysis and commented ‘‘’ Tom Scudamore is a brilliant analyst and brings some dry wit. All the ITV team are great but more Tom please 🙏’’ While another fan compared him to the other Jockey and penned a note ‘’ Only James Bowen would do that … why ???? Utterly useless’’

However, some of Tom Scudamore’s fans supported him by writing a comment that reads, “TS tipped this up earlier in the day. His £20 on the nose Selection. He was Bob on👍✅👏’’

Despite consistently facing disparagement from his fans, Tom was also trolled for not sharing opinions about another jockey. Another fan commented ‘’Tom completely avoiding the question yet again. You’ll never hear him criticise a jockey so no point in ever asking him to express an opinion. Who was the jockeys hopeless representative during all the bullying & the whip review farce?’’

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Hence, Scudamore’s analysis of the Chase was a point of contention among fans, who nonetheless enjoyed it.

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Shivangi Agrawal

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