When the 2014 Melbourne Cup final field was announced on Saturday, New Zealand gelding Mr O’Ceirin was the one runner still without a hoop.
However, later that evening during the barrier draw Chad Schofield was announced as late alteration jockey. The odd thing was his dad Glyn Schofield was already booked to ride Au Revoir in the same race.
The Schofields will now become the first father and son to ride in the same Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) in more than 40 years. Even if neither wins, they’ll still make history.
George and Gary Moore were the last to do it back in the 1968 Cup. George rode Sandy’s Hope to 13th while Gary rode Precedent, who finished 22nd.
Both Schofields picked up their rides on Saturday, and are happy to compete against each other.
“Riding in the Melbourne Cup is fantastic, but having Chad ride in the race is great,” Glyn Schofield told TVN.
“And, we’re next to each other in the race card as well. It will make it a special day.”
Glyn rode the Andre Fabre-trained Au Revoir in trackwork last Friday, noting he has improved since his last start in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) on October 25. The horse worked its way to the front and controlled the race. He gave a good kick turning but let those out from behind get in and was run over late. Still, he took away a minor placing from the race.
“I’m sure he’s tightened up since that run in the Moonee Valley Cup and he’s trained by a master of Europe,” he said.
“There’s a lot to like about him, he’s a lovely animal. He has a really good temperament and I liked his work.”
Au Revoir is a $67 shot in the Ladbrokes.com.au Melbourne Cup betting market while Mr O’Ceirin is a huge outside shot at incredible $201 odds.
Chad will have his work cut out for him bringing Mr O’Ceirin home ahead of his father and Au Revoir. The seven-year-old gelding finished middle of the field last time out in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) after jumping awkwardly.
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