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Tom Scudamore: “I think Make Me A Believer’s got an outstanding chance”

| 10.12.2020

Coral ambassador previews his Friday rides at Cheltenham’s International meeting

Cheltenham 11.30 – Make Me A Believer

A busy couple of days at Cheltenham begins with Make Me A Believer.  His first run over hurdles was a very good second at Lingfield, with the winner and third home that day winning since.

He’s a really nice prospect, this is Cheltenham so obviously it won’t be straightforward but I do think he’s got an outstanding chance.

Cheltenham 12.05 – Hold The Note

Just five in this novice chase, and I’m on the top-rated Hold The Note. He has some decent form which has earned that rating, and he’s got the visor on here for the first time.

His last run was an OK fourth of five in a good race at Newbury, and the step up in trip should suit him. If the visor can bring out some improvement, he should have a good chance here.

Cheltenham 12.40 – Zamani

Zamani was fourth at Kempton on his last run, and the time before that was running well when he unseated at Newbury. This looks a competitive handicap hurdle, and on his best form my fellow would maybe have an each-way chance.

Cheltenham 13.15 – Sweet Adare

I ride for a good range of trainers over the two days, and in this mares’ chase I’m on Sweet Adare for Victor Dartnall.  She has a bit to find on form, but hopefully this step up in trip and more of a stamina test will help her find that improvement.

Cheltenham 13.50 – Clondaw Castle

It’s great that the Peterborough Chase has been rescheduled here following last weekend’s Huntingdon abandonment, and Jockey Club Racecourses have been rewarded with a really competitive race.

I’m on Clondaw Castle, who ran nicely at Newbury last time. This is a step up in class from handicap company, but he’s a solid horse who deserves to take his chance here, in a race where there is no standout performer, and he will be suited by these conditions. I’m looking forward to it.

Cheltenham 15.00 – Kingswell Theatre

We were a surprise winner of the cross country race at last month’s Cheltenham meeting, but in contrast to that day, when Easysland and Tiger Roll were in opposition, this time around Kingswell Theatre will be one of the market leaders.

We’re actually running off a five-pound lower mark than last month as he was so far out of the handicap that day, and as he showed then, he just comes alive over this unique course.

Jessie Harrington’s runner [Neverushacon] has won over the banks course at Punchestown and has to be respected, but my fellow will give it his best shot once again, and hopefully he can run another big race, although we wouldn’t want it too soft.

Cheltenham 15.35 – Broughtons Admiral 

Broughtons Admiral has got plenty to find on what he’s shown on his first two starts for David [Pipe], he has been disappointing, albeit he probably wasn’t seen to best effect last time. The yard also runs Dell’ Arca and he would certainly be the first string here.




Tom Scudamore

Tom Scudamore is a third-generation British flat and steeplechase jockey. He is the son of eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore; his grandfather Michael won the Grand National on Oxo in 1959. Tom provides Coral with all the latest insight and thoughts on his next rides.