His own sons have carried on that mantle: Michael a successful trainer and Tom still in the saddle at the age of 38. But now 14-year-old granddaughter Margot has made her first headline-grabbing foray into the equine world with the support of the Prime Minister.
When schools went back, her first concern was that she would be unable to watch her dad’s rides at Cheltenham Festival so she wrote a letter to Boris Johnson in her school book, which her father found and tweeted.
Hexham MP Guy Opperman got involved, and the PM reportedly called her school, Chulmleigh Community College, in order to grant viewing privileges for the week.
Grandfather Peter said: “We’ve had so many bad news stories so it’s nice to get a good one. She’s besotted by her horses, she rides all the time, and she wants to be a jockey. And it was difficult with her father riding and not being able to watch. It’s terrific really.”
On the family Whatsapp group, the expectation has risen a little for Tom with Margot and the rest of the family’s eyes on his rides, arguably his best bet on Adagio in Friday’s Triumph Hurdle.
Scudamore Sr boasts 13 Festival winners to his son’s current 10, but he almost used to approach the week with a sense of dread before he eventually broke his own win duck there.
“I went a long time without riding a winner there and it’s a funny mindset, that of not riding a winner,” he said. “Your subconscious is telling you it’s not your fault.
“I remember the year I first won. On the Wednesday I had a horse I couldn’t see getting beaten but then six of us fell at the ditch at the top of the hill. I remember thinking ‘ok, fair enough, I’m making a good living, doing ok, I’ll just not ride a winner at Cheltenham’.
“The next day I had a 33-1 runner in the Triumph Hurdle that I didn’t want to ride. I remember I went out front and then found I was still out front at the end. I also won my next race there too. But then you immediately wanted the next winner.”
Scudamore, a Freebets ambassador, makes no secret of his obsession to ride winners, the same obsession shared by jockeys past and present.
“It’s silly really but if you’d said to me lie on a beach in Barbados or ride three winners at Newton Abbot, I’d always have taken the winners,” he said. “I was constantly looking for winners, and the Festival was the pinnacle of that.
“Cheltenham was like no other as you were there for three days, four now. There was more pressure on you, you’d get there early on day one, walk the track and then go into the weighing room. The next minute you had time to think, you were driving to Wolverhampton on the Friday? You’d think ‘what was that?’ It was just the sheer intensity of it.
“And that’s not changed with Tom and the other guys now. In the weighing room at Cheltenham he’d sit there having had no winners and talk about watching AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty celebrating winners.
“Then, two days later AP would be bemoaning his luck and Tom had a winner. The Festival’s a great leveller like that.”
Come the Triumph Hurdle, in particular, a Devonian teenager will be hoping her Prime Ministerial intervention will mean a moment of celebration rather than commiseration in the weighing room.
Cheltenham Festival will be broadcast on ITVRacing 16-19 March. For more info visit greatbritishracing.com