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Saturday 20 September 2014

Scudamore takes ban on the chin after wrong course run

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

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Tom Scudamore has been banned for 12 days after his horse took the wrong course at Cartmel. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Tom Scudamore has been banned for 12 days after his horse took the wrong course at Cartmel. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Tom Scudamore was banned for 12 days by the Cartmel stewards after a bizarre incident in which his horse took the wrong course at the Cumbrian venue.

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The in-form jockey was partnering Run Forest Run in the staying handicap hurdle, with the Karen McLintock-trained gelding having last been seen pulling up over fences at Market Rasen a fortnight ago.

Scudamore, however, appeared to think he was riding over fences rather than hurdles as shortly after the start, he angled his mount onto the chase course and jumped the first fence, while the rest of the field took the hurdle track.

The jockey quickly realised the error of his ways and pulled up his mount, but it was not enough to prevent him receiving a hefty suspension as the stewards found him guilty of taking the wrong course at a subsequent inquiry.

The 32-year-old said: "It was very unprofessional of me. I was riding in a chase later on and I thought it was a chase, I had a mental block. I feel very sorry for horse's connections and everyone that backed him. I was given a 12-day ban by the stewards and for once I don't feel hard done by."

Only 30 minutes earlier, Scudamore partnered Monita Bonita to victory in the mares' handicap hurdle. The jockey will be hoping to continue winning ways today when he has fancied mounts at Southwell and Bangor.

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