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Schofield to ride in Dubai on World Cup Night

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Top Sydney jockey Glyn Schofield is to link up with South African trainer Herman Brown at the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 31.

Schofield will miss the  Group 1 $500,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on the same day to reunite with Brown for whom he won the Singapore International Cup on Gitano Hernando last year.

“I’ve always had a lot of luck for Herman so hopefully we can continue that at the World Cup meet,” Schofield said.

The South African born jockey won the Group 1 $1m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m)  at Flemington last Saturday on Hay List and will be joining Australian jockeys Kerrin McEvoy and Craig Williams in Dubai.

Schofield is currently suspended from his ride on Manawanui in the Group 2 $200,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on March 3 which he lost on protest to the Gai Waterhouse trained Wild And Proud.

He will miss the ride on Manawanui this week in the Group 1 $500,000 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick because of the suspension and will be in Dubai for the Rosehill Guineas meeting on March 31.

“I had been speaking with Herman and he mentioned to me that there might be a chance of a few rides and I took the opportunity,” Schofield said.

“Now that I am suspended, it made me look at coming over here early to have a look at the horses and the surroundings, get a feel for the place.”

“I didn’t want the suspension  of course but it has given me something to do while I am off.”

Brown and Schofield have teamed up successfully in the past and the opportunity to ride at the US$28m World Cup meeting was too good to refuse with Brown certain to have runners on the night.

“I had been speaking with Herman and he mentioned to me that there might be a chance of a few rides and I took the opportunity,” Schofield said.

“I am not exactly sure which horses I am riding just yet but Herman has a handful here so hopefully there are a few for me on the night.”

The US$10m World Cup at Meydan is the feature race on the program which includes the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m) and $5million Dubai Duty Free (1800m).

Darley trainer Peter Snowden’s three year olds Sepoy and Helmet have arrived in Dubai and are preparing for the US$2m Golden Shaheen (1200m) and the the US$2m UAE Derby (1800m) under the care of foreman Paul Snowden.

Sepoy and Helmet will race under Snowden for their first assignment in Dubai with McEvoy to wear the blue silks of Godolphin before being transferred into Dubai stable.

Craig Williams has been booked to ride Ortensia for trainer Paul Messara in the Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) on World Cup night.

Schofield who is currently in Dubai surveying the surroundings is due back in Australia this weekend and will partner Hay List in a track gallop in Melbourne early next week in his lead up to the Group 1 $400,000 Power Tracker William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 23.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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