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Young Aussie Schofield up for new challenge

12 May 2015

CHAD SCHOFIELD is the latest Australian jockey to try his hand on the Flat in Britain during the summer – and he indicated yesterday he is relishing the change in environment. 

The 21-year-old won the Cox Plate aboard Shamus Award in 2013 and has also partnered top sprinter Lankan Rupee to Group 1 success. Schofield was in action at Wolverhampton yesterday and finished fifth in the 1m½f maiden on only his second ride in Britain, riding Field Of Light for Ed Dunlop, with whom he is based. “It’s great, I’ve been here just over two weeks and have ridden out every morning,” Schofield said. “Tony Hind manages me and hopefully I can build a bit of success and momentum.” Schofield has followed in the footsteps of Hugh Bowman, Craig Williams and Kerrin McEvoy, who have all enjoyed success in Britain, while James McDonald, who is retained by Godolphin in Australia, will be jetting over again this summer. 

Schofield added: “There’s no better time for me to come and get a bit of international experience under my belt. All the other guys said it was a great move to come here.” Schofield’s first experience of riding in Britain came on 1,000 Guineas day, when he finished close-up on Bahamian Heights in a 6f handicap, and the jockey enjoyed sampling the big-race atmosphere at Newmarket. He added: “To ride on the Rowley Mile was a treat in itself, and on Guineas day too.”

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