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Madison Du Berlais - Kempton - 7 Feb 09

Madison Du Berlais and Tom Scudamore winning the Levy Board Chase

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Injured Scudamore misses King George

JOCKEY Tom Scudamore will miss Saturday's King George VI Chase, in which he was due to ride Madison Du Berlais, after injuring a kidney at Sandown at the weekend.

The rider, who has partnered 46 winners this season, was unseated from the Charlie Longsdon-trained Far More Serious at the sixth fence of the 32Red.com Handicap Chase on Saturday.

Scudamore rode in two following races, but now faces a spell on the sidelines.

He said on Monday morning: "I took a kick from Far More Serious and went to hospital on the way home from Sandown for a scan. It showed I'd torn a bit of kidney and I've got to go back in two weeks' time for a second scan.

"I feel fine in myself and hopefully shouldn't be out for too long."

Madison Du Berlais, who is trained by Scudamore's boss David Pipe, ranges from 25-1 to 40-1 in the betting for the William Hill-sponsored King George, but he will have to do without the assistance of his regular rider, who has won the Hennessy Gold Cup, Levy Board Chase and Totesport Bowl on him.

Pipe said: "Sadly, as reported Tom Scudamore will miss Saturday's King George VI Chase, in which he was due to ride Madison Du Berlais, after injuring a kidney at Sandown at the weekend.  We wish him a speedy recovery. 

"For the next fortnight we will use our strong in-house team of jockeys.

"A decision regarding Madison Du Berlais will be made later in the week, when the owners return from holiday."

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