After entering the history books as the first apprentice jockey to win Australasia’s weight-for-age championship last year Chad Schofield is already eyeing a second Cox Plate win this season with promising filly Go Indy Go.
Last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the son of fellow champion hoop Glyn Schofield partnered with the Danny O’Brien-trained Snitzel colt Shamus Award for the first time in the $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in late October.
Taking over from Glen Boss who previously rode the then three-year-old for their lead-up run, a third to Long John in the Caulfield Guineas, Schofield kept a cool head and the duo were able to narrowly hold on and defeat Happy Trails by a nose in the classic.
He hasn’t partnered with the horse since, Craig Williams riding Shamus Award throughout their autumn campaign that netted another Group 1 win in the Australian Guineas, but does have another exciting prospect heading into this year’s Cox Plate showdown.
Schofield has high hopes for Adelaide filly Go Indy Go, the daughter of Bernardini looking to become the second three-year-old in as many years to relish the light 47kg Cox Plate weight for her age group and beat home their older rivals.
“I’ve already got my eye on getting to 47kgs in the Cox Plate with Go Indy Go,” Schofield told TVN’s Bruce Clark at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.
Prepared by Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas at Morphettville Go Indy Go has won two of her four starts to date including the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 26.
Coming off three lead-up runs back home including the Group 3 Adelaide Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) that she won a fortnight before her interstate trip, Go Indy Go was ridden by Schofield for the first time in the Group 1.
She was second last with 600m to go but had a powerful late finish to beat home Zululand by a length and secure a spot high up the futures odds for the $1 million Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse this spring.
Held on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 11, for the first time this year the 2014 Thousand Guineas is certainly an option for Go Indy Go who pays $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au in markets led by Blue Diamond winner Earthquake ($4.40).
She is however also nominated for the Cox Plate on October 25 which is the race Schofield is really keen to win again after the high of last year’s success.
While Shamus Award did it as a three-year-old last spring the last three-year-old filly to win the Cox Plate was the Geoff Murphy-trained Surround way back in 1976.
Go Indy Go is set to resume racing Saturday week in the $150,000 Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) on Memsie Stakes Day at Caulfield for her Melbourne debut.
The latest Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes have Silent Achiever as the $11 top fancy with Go Indy Go a little further down at $19.
If you fancy her at that price and believe Schofield can be the first hoop to secure back-to-back Cox Plate wins since Greg Childs did it with Sunline back in 1999-2000 then head to Ladbrokes.com.au where you’ll find all the upcoming Group 1 race markets!