A long-term ambition for the Scudamore family was fulfilled in the John Bigg "Oxo" Handicap Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday as Copper Coin surged to a last-gasp victory to provide jockey Tom and trainer Michael with an emotional success in the race named in honour of the horse who provided their grandfather with his Grand National success.
The eight-year-old's winning chances looked slim down the back straight when he was detached from the field, but he navigated his way past his rivals under an ice-cool ride from Scudamore to get up on the line to score by half a length.
It was a first victory in the race for the delighted trainer, who will take home the trophy his grandfather – also called Michael – lifted after his National success in 1959.
"It's a race we've been aiming at for a while and it's all come together for once. It's really significant to us and to do it together, it's a wonderful story," he said.
"My grandfather was such an important part of our lives – we wouldn't be doing what we do today without him. One of the barns in the yard is named after Oxo with many pictures around the house of him too, so to have the trophy sat next to them will be special."
Hefty ban for Brogan
Conditional jockey Kevin Brogan will miss out on some valuable opportunities after he was given a 14-day ban by the stewards for failing to ensure Rabski was given the opportunity to obtain the best possible placing in the 2m novice hurdle.
Brogan was unable to be reached when contacted by the Racing Post.