Friday, 27 July 2012
Glyn Schofield and his apprentice son Chad have a one-two black-type finish in their sights with favoured mounts in the final stakes race of the Sydney racing season.
Chad Schofield, who is set to be crowned Sydney's champion apprentice for the first time, will ride favourite Forty Thirty in Saturday's Listed Winter Challenge (1600m) at Warwick Farm but Glyn is confident he can get the better of him on equal second pick Irish Dream.
The Schofields have finished first and second in a metropolitan race before but a black type quinella has eluded them.
Forty Thirty is a natural on-pace runner while Irish Dream is likely to get back from an outside draw, although three scratchings should have the in-form mare within striking distance of the leaders.
"He (Chad) will give me something to chase," Glyn said.
"I know where he'll be, he'll be out there rolling along and I'll have to peg him back.
"I've beaten him a couple of times before where he has run second and he's beaten me once before."
Schofield took out the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) on Irish Dream at the same track two weeks ago and is confident the Ron Quinton-trained mare can figure again.
"It was a good win last start when she beat a pretty strong horse in See The World," Schofield said.
"I think the drier the surface, the better it is going to suit her so if there's no rain between now and the race then that would be good for her."
The last-start Listed win was a breakthrough black-type success for Irish Dream with a career in the breeding barn on the horizon.
"I think Ron has done a really good job with this mare and I presume what she does from now on is a bonus," Schofield said.
Both Schofields will start careless riding suspensions on Sunday and they will miss the final metropolitan meeting of the season.
Chad Schofield's 39 wins has him 14 ahead of nearest rival Sam Clipperton and assured of the apprentices' title.
"He's as proud as punch and I couldn't be happier for Chad," Schofield said.