Foot­ball All the AFL trade lat­est Rac­ing Your guide to a huge day

The West Australian - - INSIDE COVER - Craig Bren­nan

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

To­day’s pur­pose is try­ing to add to his Group 1 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 (2500m) with Prized Icon and Schofield is no stranger to Group 1 suc­cess at Caulfield, guid­ing Boban to win the 2015 Mem­sie Stakes (1400m).

“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 Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Af­ter a first-up win in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, Hart­nell has since filled plac­ings in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flem­ing­ton and the Group 1 Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

His main ri­val to­day ap­pears to again be gun New Zealand mare Bon­neval, who beat him last start and is a de­serv­ing Caulfield Cup favourite.

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

“James seems 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 1 Thou­sand Guineas (1600m) and is ex­cited about her prospects.

He was aboard the Se­poy filly when she was a dom­i­nant win­ner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Rand­wick on Septem­ber 30.

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

“She’s one you’d want to ride, for sure.”

Schofield will also ride the Cum­mings-trained Sanc­tioned in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, with the colt on a sev­en­day back-up from his fourth in the Group 1 Spring Cham­pion Stakes (1600m) at Rand­wick, and Jorda in the Group 3 Thor­ough­bred Club Stakes (1200m).

“... it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore he gets an­other win un­der his belt and gets on his way.” Jockey Glyn Schofield on Hart­nell

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.