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Schofield returns for Stewards’ Cup and four other feature race meetings

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South African-born jockey Chad Schofield has been granted a visiting jockey’s licence to ride at five feature race meetings in Singapore, starting with the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) meeting on Sunday, 30 June.

Jockey : CHAD SCHOFIELD
Jockey : CHAD SCHOFIELD Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The 30-year-old jockey has been engaged by trainer Tim Fitzsimmons to ride Lightning Strike in the Stewards' Cup but will take the reins on stablemate Golden Monkey in the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) on 28 July, the Group 1 Raffles Cup (1600m) on 11 August, the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1800m) on 7 September and the Group 1 Grand Singapore Gold Cup (2000m) on 5 October.

Schofield has ridden Golden Monkey  four times previously to two wins and two thirds. The pair landed the Stewards' Cup last July and the Group 3 Fortune Bowl (1400m) this February but was beaten into third by Lim's Kosciuszko, both in the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1400m) in April and the Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) in May.

This will be the British national's fifth one-day visit at Kranji, where he has won six races thus far, all for Fitzsimmons. Making his debut in Sydney in 2010 at the young age of 16, Schofield was a talented young rider who was crowned Sydney and New South Wales champion apprentice jockey in the 2011/2012 season before going on to become Melbourne's champion apprentice jockey in the 2012/2013 season.

The son of former jockey Glyn Schofield also enjoyed a successful stint in Hong Kong for seven years where he bagged six Group wins in more than 200 wins. His biggest success came aboard Singapore Sling in the 2018 Hong Kong Classic Cup before he returned to Sydney in late 2021.

Besides Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, the Durban-born jockey has also ridden in Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In 14 years of riding, Schofield has clocked in over 600 wins, including four Group 1 wins, namely the 2013 WS Cox Plate aboard Shamus Award and three other Group 1 races in the following year: the Newmarket Handicap atop Lankan Rupee, the Champagne Stakes with Go Indy Go and the Queensland Derby on board Sonntag.

Currently licensed by Racing New South Wales, Schofield sits in 14th position on 23 wins on the New South Wales Metropolitan jockeys' premiership this season.

He goes to scale at 55kgs.


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