Scudamore planning on August return

Tom Scudamore is closing in on a return to race riding following a successful operation on a dislocated right shoulder, and expects to be fit to resume racing in the next month.

Scudamore had surgery on the shoulder following a heavy fall from The Giant Bolster in the John Smith's Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree in April. The initial plan was for a keyhole procedure, but the damage to the shoulder turned out to be more substantial than first thought, which has delayed Scudamore's return to fitness. "They have basically had to reconstruct the shoulder, so the comeback has been slower than I'd have liked, but there have been no setbacks and it could have been a lot worse," he told the Sporting Life.

After having his arm in a sling for six weeks or so, Scudamore has been undergoing physiotherapy and swimming to improve his strength and range of movement. No doubt he also found the opportunity to visit his favourite holiday city of Rome. Scudamore has come in from his Summer sojourn around five pounds over his normal riding weight of 9st 12lbs, and is looking forward to renewing his partnership with The Giant Bolster. The horse itself has been undergoing his own therapy during the Summer.

"The Giant Bolster has a hell of an engine," said Scudamore. "He's going to Yogi Breisner this summer to iron out his jumping, but I still think he's got a big race in him. He's just a bit stupid. One minute he jumps brilliantly, the next he'll do something silly. I'm looking forward to getting back on him - and to getting back full stop."

Trainer David Bridgewater has yet to map out any campaign for the horse, waiting to see what effect a period of work with Breisner has had. By the time he does, Scudamore will be back up in the plate, fit and riding winners again.

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