Jeremy Scott began life as a farmer, turning to trainers in order to work with point-to-point horses in 1992. He decided to ride a few horses himself in order to get a sense of what it was that jockeys were talking about, winning a hunter chase in 2001 and continuing to race until 2007, which was the point at which he decided to take out a professional licence.
He works on training horses at High Holworthy Farm in Somerset with his wife, Camilla, and their two daughters, Laura and Georgina, making it something of a family business. Jeremy enjoyed his first winner as a trainer when Gone To Lunch won a race under Rules.
Jeremy Scott and his wife Camilla ran a farm, with the training of the horses being something of a side gig initially. That all started to change when Gone to Lunch won his first race, which also proved to be the first winner for Scott himself under Rules. Within a year, Scott looked to sell their dairy herd and the existing facilities that were in place for horse training were developed in order to cope with the extra horses that were sent his way. He soon posted 24 wins from 34 horses, getting his first Grade 1 win under his belt in 2013 when Melodic Rendevouz won the Tolworth Hurdle, which was run at Sandown.
There have been more than a few big wins that Scott has enjoyed over the years, albeit not quite at the level of the likes of Nicky Henderson or Willie Mullins. Even so, here is a look at some of the races he’s won as a trainer:
- Tolworth Hurdle
- Ascot Chase
- Coral Long Distance Hurdle
- Wincanton Racecourse Supporting #RacingWithPride Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
There have been some decent horses that have made their way through Jeremy Scott’s yard, including the likes of Dashel Dasher. Of course, some horses tend to stand out a touch more than others, with the following being the ones that Scott himself might well think about when his career is reaching its conclusion and he decided to think back over what he achieved as a trainer:
Gone to Lunch
There aren’t many horses that stick out to trainers as readily as the first ones that they won under Rules with, which is why Gone to Lunch will undoubtedly be one of the ones that Scott thinks of fondly when his time is up. It isn’t bad when you consider that his first race saw him pull up and his second resulted in him unseating his rider, but he then won two in a row before finishing in the places twice and winning another two in succession. In fact, unless he fell, unseated his rider or pulled up, he either won or placed in his first 20 outings between point-to-point races and ones under Rules. He ran under Rules 34 times, winning eight of them.
Another horse that will always stand out in the mind of a trainer is the one that wins you your first Grade 1 event. With that in mind, it is impossible not to mention Melodic Rendezvous, who won the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown in 2013 to give Scott a Grade 1 win to savour. He had either won or finished second in the races that he ran before that, also winning the two that followed. A disappointing fifth followed, but then it was back to winning ways for successive races. It would probably be fair to say that his career petered out rather than ended with a bang, but Scott will always remember that Grade 1 win.