Scudamore: I’m prepared for pressure around Thistlecrack
Tom Scudamore was all smile after Thistlecrack had won at Chepstow
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Scudamore: Thistlecrack pressure not a problem
By Peter Scargill 10:00AM 6 NOV 2016
TOM SCUDAMORE has admitted he feels pressure when riding Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack but believes he has the mental fortitude to deal with the expectation.
Scudamore has ridden Thistlecrack on his last eight starts winning seven of them and finishing second on his only other outing. Their wins together include the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree's Grade 1 Liverpool Stayers' Hurdle.
The pair were also together when Thistlecrack made his much anticipated debut over fences at Chepstow last month, and that display was enough for bookmakers to promote him to the top of the Gold Cup market despite his chasing inexperience.
"Is there pressure riding him? There's always pressure [when riding]," Scudamore said in RP Sunday's Big Read with Steve Dennis.
"But that's one of the areas where I've been very lucky, and I'm sure this has made a huge, huge difference to my career, and it's no secret why the likes of Dad [Peter Scudamore] or AP McCoy had that sort of mentality. When you ride for the Pipes, every race is important.
"I was more tired when I went to bed after riding Thistlecrack at Chepstow because of the emotions, the nervous energy, but that came afterwards. I don't notice it when I'm doing it because the concentration is such that you have to get it right – it's the job."
Hard to fault
Thistlecrack's next outing is likely to come at Cheltenham on Saturday and Scudamore is hopeful the eight-year-old can produce another classy performance over fences.
He said: "Chepstow was great. There are bigger days ahead of us but it was important that he had to go and jump and win like that. If we were serious about aiming for the stars he had to show he had the potential, and you couldn't fault him."
Read more from our interview with leading rider Tom Scudamore, plus much more, in Sunday's Racing Post. Also available to download on the iPad.