Dude ready for Chepstow challenge

Wed 2nd Jan 2013, 11:20

photoColin Bowe started off Monbeg Dude
©Healy Racing Photos
Michael Scudamore is hoping to keep up a family tradition with Monbeg Dude (a Nenagh point-to-point winner in 2010 for Colin Bowe) in the rearranged Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday.

Scudamore's father, former champion jockey Peter, won the race four times on Run And Skip (1985), Bonanza Boy (1988 and 1989) and Carvill's Hill (1991).

Monbeg Dude was last seen winning a valuable handicap at Cheltenham in November, with ante-post favourite Teaforthree back in eighth.

However, he may require a new partner as Jamie Moore did the steering that day but may be forced to give up the mount due to his commitments to Peter Bowen.

"He's really well. He won nicely enough at Cheltenham and we're very pleased and looking forward to Saturday," said Scudamore on At The Races.

"It was a good performance last time on softish, heavy ground and you'd have to think the way he travelled through the race that an extra two furlongs around Chepstow shouldn't be a problem to him.

"It's hard to say you're confident going into a race like this but we couldn't be happier with him.

"Hopefully he's a younger horse going the right way and hopefully that will help him come Saturday.

"We're waiting to see what Jamie's plans are, with lots of racing about we'll have to see. Jamie gets on well with him and it would be good to keep that partnership intact if possible.

"It was a race that dad was very lucky in, he won it a few times when he was riding. It would be a great race for a young yard like ours to win."

He is owned by the Oydunow syndicate made up of some international rugby union players, however not all will be able to attend.

"I think Gloucester are playing on Saturday which ties up Mr (Mike) Tindall, Mr (James) Simpson-Daniel is injured at the moment so I think he's hoping to get down there and Nicky Robinson is the physio with Wasps so I don't think he'll be there, but they'll all be there in spirit," said Scudamore.

Going updates

Ahead of the Grade 3 Beamish Stout Phil Sweeney Memorial Chase card at Thurles tomorrow they're describing the ground as 'dead' after no overnight rain.