Cox Plate winning jockey Chad Schofield has vowed to spend more time in the saddle as he makes a return to race riding at Caulfield tomorrow following back to back suspensions.
Schofield created history by becoming the youngest rider to win the Cox Plate since Brent Thomson won on Fury’s Order in 1975, when he led all of the way on the Danny O’Brien trained Shamus Award to claim the 2040m Group 1 $3m Weight For Age Championship of Australasia at Moonee Valley on October 26.
The young apprentice is a regular visitor to the stewards’ room and has already missed forty-one meetings this season because of careless riding suspensions, but the nineteen year old says that is going to change from now.
“I went home and refreshed, had a bit of a holiday, and now I’m back and looking forward to getting into it,” Schofield told AAP.
“It was important to give my body a break and from now on I want to try to get less suspensions.”
Schofield is resuming after missing twenty-three meetings because of a sixteen meeting suspension he incurred at Geelong on November 17 followed by a seven meeting suspension from the Echuca meeting two days later and is anticipating success at his first day back.
Schofield will be on four of his David Hayes runners and is hoping to kick home a winner for his boss.
The champion apprentice will be on the well-bred first starter Wawail (Lonhro x El Daana) in the two year old, Waldorf in the 1440m Maiden, Shoalhaven in the 1440m 0-64 Handicap and Stellaglacier in the 1100m 0-64 Handicap.
“I have a couple of chances tomorrow and it would be good to kick off with a winner on Wawail in the first race,” Schofield said.
“I’ll need a bit of luck but I’m confident.”