Tom Scudamore eager to play his part in Leger Legends race

Tom Scudamore is keen to do Jack Berry proud as he prepares for what he expects will be his last ever ride in public in the Leger Legends charity race at Doncaster.

The event was first run in 2010, launched to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the National Horseracing College in nearby Rossington.

The Injured Jockeys Fund benefits from the race as the money gathered goes the way of Jack Berry house, a physical rehabilitation facility in Malton named after its founder.

The race has this year attracted another stellar line-up of riders from both codes, with Scudamore joined by fellow National Hunt heroes such as Richard Johnson, Davy Russell and Robbie Power.

The Flat world is well represented too, with Kieren Fallon riding alongside Gay Kelleway and Jamie Osborne, who rode over fences and hurdles but now trains Flat performers.

Scudamore, who retired in February, considers the assembled cast to be a reflection of the esteem in which the beneficiaries of the event are held and will proudly take part in the race on September 17.

He said: “I’m delighted to be supporting such a great charity. Jack Berry, who is behind it all, has been a great servant to racing for what he has done and achieved over the years, it’s a very proud moment to be asked to ride in it.

“It’ll be the last time I ever put a pair of breeches or colours on so I’m sure at times it will be quite emotional.

“Not only it is an honour to do it for Jack, it’s also a privilege to ride once again with Richard Johnson, Robbie Power, Davy Russell, Mattie Batchelor and Will Kennedy.

“It’s also going to be a great thrill to ride with the likes of Kieren Fallon, I’m really looking forward to it and I hope it raises a lot of money for everybody and everybody has a great day.

“It’s a superb line-up and that’s a reflection of what the Injury Jockeys Fund and Jack Berry do, it shows how much admiration the whole sport has for him.

“I’ve been riding a lot, I’ve only been retired six months so hopefully I won’t look too amateurish, but I’ll definitely come on for the run!”

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