Lucinda Russell and Michael Scudamore will join forces

Lucinda Russell and Michael Scudamore will join forces under a dual licence in a bid to train more champion horses… with her Scottish stables set to be their main base

  • Russell has trained two Grand National winners, including Corach Rambler 
  • She will move to elevate her jumps operation by partnering with Scudamore  

Dual Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell is to join forces with Michael Scudamore in a move to elevate her jumps operation to a new level.

Scudamore will move his operation and most of his horses to Russell’s base in Scotland and the new partnership will operate under a dual licence which they hope will be in place by July.

In a further move, Michael Scudamore’s current base in Herefordshire will become a satellite and pre-training base for the new partnership under the control of Michael’s recently retired jump jockey brother Tom.

Russell’s partner and assistant is Michael and Tom’s seven-time jump jockey father Peter. He and Russell believe the new arrangements will give their stable solid foundations to build on recent achievements.

Russell said: ‘Scu and I are aware that the key to our success is in our attention to the horses and in particular the time spent seeing them at home and sourcing them at the sales.

Lucinda Russell (left), pictured with this year’s Grand National winner Corach Rambler, will partner with Michael Scudamore to elevate her jumps operation

‘In order to continue at the high standard that we have set, we are going to strengthen the team and try for another leap forward.

‘We have asked Michael Scudamore to join us in Scotland and plan to combine forces, using Arlary and Kilduff as the main yards but adding the facility of a satellite yard at Eccleswall Court, Hereford, as a pre-training yard.

‘Tom Scudamore will take over the running of Eccleswall.

‘Michael and many of his horses, along with some members of staff, will move to Kinross in June and we will look to operate from a joint licence, Lucinda Russell & Michael Scudamore.’

Last month’s Randox Grand National win with Corach Rambler was one of a personal best 71 wins for Russell in the 2022-23 jumps season.

The £1,528,225 prize money earned put her sixth in the trainer’s championship.

Other highlights included Apple Away winning the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, Ahoy Senor winning the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham and Corach Rambler winning the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for the second year running.

Derek Fox rode Corach Rambler to Grand National glory last month – becoming the second Russell-trained horse to win the Aintree event

The Grand National win followed her success in the 2017 race with One For Arthur.

Michael Scudamore, who had 13 jumps winners last season, is expected to move around 20 horses north.

The Herefordshire base will also be an asset for the stable’s southern raids.

Russell added: ‘We feel that last season was epic but it has ignited further determination to continue the upward trend.

‘By combining forces with Michael, we can strengthen our position and give us time to keep our standards up.’

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