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Scudamore thrilled to strike Grade Two gold with Do Your Job

Michael Scudamore has plenty to look forward to with Do Your Job after the gelding provided him with his first Grade Two success as a trainer on Saturday.

The eight-year-old was a five-length winner of the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase, beating Donald McCain’s Minella Drama after starting as the 11-8 favourite under jockey Richard Patrick.

An assured round of jumping left the bay poised to mount a challenge five fences from home, after which he comfortably gained ground and was unchallenged when crossing the line in front.

The victory followed a half-length win when stepping up in trip at Newcastle last time out and a pair of second-placed efforts in the Wayward Lad at Kempton and the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.

“I was really pleased with him,” Scudamore said.

Do Your Job in action at Ayr
Do Your Job in action at Ayr (Jeff Holmes/PA)

“I felt like he did everything right, for the first time this season he seemed to put everything together.

“He jumped and travelled really well, the step up to two and a half (miles) seems to have really helped in his last two starts.”

Do Your Job’s jumping was particularly polished at Ayr, something he has shown Scudamore at home when schooling but has not always replicated on the racecourse.

“That’s how he’s always schooled at home and for some reason he just hadn’t quite transferred it on to the track,” the trainer said.

“Whether it was because he was going over two miles and it was all just happening a bit quick for him, I don’t know.

“It’s strange because he showed more than enough speed as a two-mile novice hurdler.

“Yesterday he certainly didn’t waste a lot of time in the air, he was very quick and accurate with his jumping and that was a major asset for him.”

Scudamore had previously enjoyed Grade Three triumphs in the Welsh Grand National and the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival with Monbeg Dude and Next Sensation respectively, but was thrilled to strike at an even higher level.

“I’ve been lucky with Welsh Nationals and Grand Annuals, but to win a Grade Two like that was just fantastic for everybody,” he said.

“It’s great for Richard (Patrick) as well, he is such a major part of everything that we do, we were really pleased for everybody.”

Do Your Job during his hurdling career
Do Your Job during his hurdling career (Mike Egerton/PA)

Do Your Job holds an entry for the Grade One Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday but is unlikely to take his place in the race, with Scudamore predicting that a summer holiday is a more likely next step now the season is nearing its conclusion.

“There are no plans at the moment, he’s in at Aintree on Thursday but I can’t see him going there now,” he said.

“I think that’ll probably be it for the season, but we’ve yet to have a sit down and see where we go with him.”

Landmark winner for Michael Scudamore with Do Your Job

Michael Scudamore celebrated the first graded win of his training career as Do Your Job justified favouritism in the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase at Ayr.

The eight-year-old has mixed it with some of the best young chasers around this season, finishing second to Edwardstone in the Wayward Lad and Third Time Lucki in the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.

Winner of a handicap at Newcastle last time out, he was sent off 11-8 market leader in a field of five and was ridden confidently by Richard Patrick.

As Minella Drama, the only previous graded winner in the race, threw away his chance with some sloppy jumping down the back straight, Do Your Job was gaining ground at each fence.

He soon joined Il Ridoto at the head of affairs and once he hit the front he drew further and further clear.

Minella Drama stayed on in the straight, eventually catching Il Ridoto for second, but he was beaten five lengths.

Scudamore has Job in mind for Doncaster

Doncaster’s Lightning Novices’ Chase could be next on the agenda for Do Your Job following his creditable effort in defeat at Kempton over the festive period.

Runner-up to My Drogo and Belfast Banter in Grade Two and Grade One novice hurdles in the spring, Michael Scudamore’s stable star made a successful start to his chasing career at Warwick in November.

The eight-year-old fell at the eighth fence when stepped up in class for the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, but bounced back to finish second to Edwardstone in the Wayward Lad last week.

With Scudamore keen to avoid a rematch with the winner, who is seemingly bound for the Kingmaker at Warwick, Do Your Job could instead bid for Grade Two honours at Doncaster on January 29.

Reflecting on his Kempton performance, the trainer said: “I was very pleased. He jumped well and travelled well and did everything right, he was just beaten by a better horse on the day.

“The main objective was a clear round really and maybe if we hadn’t fallen at Sandown we might have pressed on a bit more and made it more of a staying race.

“The most important thing was to get a clear round under his belt and get some more experience over fences for him.

“I think we’ll stick to novice races while we can and we might look to the race at Doncaster. That is what we have pencilled in at the moment, anyway.

“It would certainly be Plan A to try and avoid Edwardstone and I was very pleased to read he was going to go for the Kingmaker. Hopefully they stick to that plan!”

Trainer Michael Scudamore
Trainer Michael Scudamore (David Davies/PA)

While Do Your Job looks set to remain in novice company on his next start, Scudamore admitted is considering a step into the handicap arena for the Grand Annual at Cheltenham – a race he won with Next Sensation in 2015.

He added: “I’m sure he’ll have an entry in that. He also ran very well at Aintree last year, so there’s that to consider as well.

“He looks like a horse that could have the right sort of profile for a Grand Annual and we’ll see nearer the time.

“In some ways it might make more sense to go for a handicap now, but as we saw at Kempton some of these novice events don’t have a lot of runners in them and there’s some decent prize-money on offer, so it seems silly to pass them over when you’ve only got one chance to run in them really.”