Schofield in mis­sion on Hart­nell

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

WHEN­EVER jockey Glyn Schofield makes a trip to Melbourne he has a pur­pose.

To­day’s pur­pose is try­ing to add to his Group One tally when he teams with Godol­phin and James Cummings at Caulfield fol­low­ing a re­cent run of suc­cess north of the bor­der.

Schofield and Cummings teamed in Melbourne to win last year’s Vic­to­ria Derby with Prized Icon and Schofield is no stranger to Group One suc­cess at Caulfield, guid­ing Boban to win the 2015 Mem­sie Stakes.

“It’s al­ways nice to come down to Melbourne and ride in the big races,” Schofield said.

“James and I have en­joyed suc­cess with each other be­fore he joined Godol­phin and now that he’s joined Godol­phin it seems to have con­tin­ued.

“He pre­pares his horses so well and it’s a plea­sure to ride for him.”

They com­bine with Hart­nell in to­day’s Caulfield Stakes (2000m) af­ter which a de­ci­sion will be made whether the geld­ing runs in next week’s Caulfield Cup.

Af­ter a first-up win in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield, Hart­nell has since filled plac­ings in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flem­ing­ton and Un­der­wood Stakes at Caulfield.

Schofield is yet to ride Hart­nell, who will be hav­ing his 23rd start in Aus­tralia af­ter ar­riv­ing from Eng­land in late 2014.

“James seems quite happy with the way the horse is pro­gress­ing run to run,” Schofield said.

“He hasn’t quite been as dom­i­nant this prepa­ra­tion as he has been in his other prepa­ra­tions, but I sup­pose it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore he gets another win un­der his belt and gets on his way.”

Schofield will also ride Al­izee for Cummings in the Group One Thou­sand Guineas and was aboard the filly when she won the Flight Stakes at Rand­wick on Septem­ber 30.

“She’s cer­tainly been strong and im­pres­sive at her last cou­ple of starts,” he said.

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