Scudamore was hard at work on his mount for much of the final lap of the Eldridge Pope Chase, at 4m 2 1/2 f the second longest race of the year, and seemed to have his perseverance rewarded when Riverside Boy had a neck to spare at the line.
A veterinary inspection revealed the 10- year-old was marked on his nearside quarters, however, provoking Scudamore's ban, from 30 January to 2 February.
Riverside Boy completed a hat-trick for Scudamore, following the wins of Land Of The Free and Valfinet, while the jockey's attempt at a four-timer foundered in bizarre circumstances aboard Elite Reg.
After discovering the horse's tongue-strap was missing, Carol Pipe, wife of trainer Martin, improvised by slipping into the toilets, removing her tights, and using them to hold down the gelding's tongue. Elite Reg, predictably, was then pulled up.
Photograph: Robert Hallam
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