HERE, Hereford Racecourse executive director Rebecca Davies looks at a fine week for county trainer Michael Scudamore.

HEREFORDSHIRE based trainers seem to be hitting top form at the right time of the season, and none more so than Michael Scudamore who trains from Bromsash near Ross-on-Wye.

High profile Saturday winners are what owners, trainers and jockeys aspire to and to bag a winner on ITV Racing (formerly broadcast on Channel 4) brings with it reward and recognition.

The stables at his yard are set out in three blocks named the OXO, Linwell and Monbeg Dude yards.

The first two yards are named after his grandfather’s, Grand National and Gold Cup victories, while Monbeg Dude Yard is named after the Coral Welsh National winner that Michael trained in 2013 for rugby stars Mike Tindall, James Simpson-Daniel and Nick Robinson.

Scudamore, from a family steeped in racing heritage, has more than doubled his number of winners from last season and has once again proven is he a trainer with plenty of ability.

The Betfred Eidear Chase, staged each year at Newcastle, is run over a marathon 4m ½f and last weekend Scudamore made the 550 round mile trip worthwhile when winning the race with Mysteree.

The horse now heads to Ayr for the Scottish later this Spring.

Twenty-four hours earlier and the Scudamore team also won the Devon National at Exeter with a horse called Kingswell Theatre making it a magical weekend for the trainer.

By contrast, his brother and leading jockey Tom, was left last week wondering what might have been as Thistlecrack, his intended mount in Cheltenham’s Gold Cup, suffered a tendon injury ruling him out of racing’s Blue Riband event.

Hereford’s richest raceday takes place the weekend before the Festival on Saturday, March 11 when we have a valuable six race card.

Before racing, champion jockey Richard Johnson will be joining with Gethin Jenkins, Wales’ most capped rugby player and the world’s most capped prop of all time, in a racing and rugby Q&A before the first race.

Add to that Ladies Day and there is something for everyone.

We also have a £49.99 Prosecco package or £25 for a pie, pint and Six Nations package as we’ll be showing the England v Scotland match in the paddock bar after racing.