Sad case of deja vu for Schofield
GLYN Schofield, rider of Prized Icon, has had that sinking feeling before.
As Winx swept past Prized Icon and cleared out to win the Group 1 $600,000 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Schofield likened it to the Black CaviarHay List clash in the TJ Smith Stakes five years ago. “Same result!’’ Schofield said. “I was on Hay List and he was flying that day but Black Caviar went straight past us.
“It was similar today because Prized Icon was trying hard, he had got the better of the others but Winx just sprinted right away.
“It’s tough when you are chasing home these freakish horses.’’
Schofield said he was full of admiration for Winx but also Prized Icon.
“She is a great champion,’’ Schofield said. “But full credit to Prized Icon, he is really trying hard in his races. He has run out of his skin today.’’
Trainer Kris Lees said Prized Icon, himself a Group 1 winner, could not have gone any better. “Prized Icon has gone as good as he could go but Winx was awesome — she was in a league of her own,’’ Lees said.
Classic Uniform’s game third felt almost like a win for trainer Gary Moore.
“We’ve run third to one of the all-time greats, I’m happy with that,’’ Moore said. “Classic Uniform needs further these days so to run third in a 1600m race is a good sign for the autumn.’’
Andrew Adkins rode Classic Uniform and also praised the gelding’s determined effort.