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Scottish 'yes' is a big no, no according to Peter Scudamore

By Robert Jones

A 'yes' vote in the impending referendum on Scottish independence would be "catastrophic" for racing in Scotland, according to former champion jockey Peter Scudamore.

Scudamore is assistant trainer to his partner Lucinda Russell at their Arlary House Stables base in Kinross, just north of Edinburgh.

Russell has sent out a host of big winners in Scotland and England, including at the Cheltenham Festival.

Scudamore said: "It's catastrophic for Scottish racing. I employ 30-odd people and I have had to warn them that I can't see how our business structure can carry on if there is a yes; I can't see where the funding would come from.

"There are far bigger issues in Scotland, but all I can concentrate on is racing.

"There are 100-odd fixtures in Scotland and 70 or 80 of those could be absorbed into English racing. We receive a subsidy of a levy of £1m from the British Horseracing Authority.

"If I was running the BHA I would be delighted, as there would be £1m more prize money.

"I would not wish to relocate. On a passionate basis, Scottish racing is fantastically run, adds unique colour to the British calendar and is loved by British people. There are fantastic races, and the fact that they are in Scotland makes them.

"All I ask is to have a long look at it all if you love Scottish racing. We've been given no information. Until I have, then I have to protect my own staff and the sport I'm passionate about."

Long-standing Perth supremo Sam Morshead is equally concerned, particularly at what he called "too many unknowns".

He said: "A straight Levy swap (should Scotland adopt a similar Levy mechanism to the UK's) would mean a £4.2m shortfall according and that's not taking into account media rights."

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