Monbeg Dude is set to line up in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow
Last Updated: January 2, 2013 11:13am
Jamie Moore: The preferred jockey for Monbeg Dude
Michael Scudamore is hoping to keep up a family tradition with Monbeg Dude in the 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.Soll is one of the less exposed runners in the field having had just five races under Rules in his life.
Now with Jo Hughes in Lambourn, he was fancied for the four-miler at Cheltenham last March when with Willie Mullins.
He ran a satisfactory race in the Hennessy to finish eighth but Hughes is confident he will strip fitter at the weekend.
"Everything has been fine with him since Newbury, he came out of the Hennessy well. He's had a good preparation and we are just hoping and praying that it's on," said Hughes.
"It's all systems go for this weekend and it's very exciting.
"He wasn't 100% for the Hennessy. I didn't bring him in early enough, but I've been able to get a lot more work into him for this.
"I think Derrick (Mossop, owner) moved him to me from Willie Mullins because he thought he'd be better off in a smaller yard where he could be a bigger star. Mr Mullins has a lot of very similar horses.
"I only have about six jumpers, there aren't many dual-purpose yards these days. Having won a Group race on the Flat last season (with Caledonia Lady), it would be great to win a major handicap over jumps.
"I'll take on any horse and work out where they need to run."