Jockey Glyn Schofield is now approved by Racing NSW to ride the Chris Waller-trained Multilateral a half kilogram heavier than the horse’s allocated weight in Sydney’s feature race on Saturday, the 2014 Villiers Stakes.
A shortage of suitable riders available at the light weight for this weekend’s Royal Randwick feature led ace local hoop Schofield to appeal to RNSW Stewards for a ½ kilogram leeway to partner the Mizzen Mast gelding in the $175,000 Group 2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m).
Schofield’s request was granted on Wednesday and he will be aboard the six-year-old at a new weight of 53.5kg in the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival handicap clash.
“Due to a shortage of suitable riders available at the weight, Racing NSW Stewards have granted permission for Glyn Schofield to ride Multilateral 1/2kg over that gelding’s handicapped weight of 53kg in the Group 2 Villiers on Saturday. G Schofield will now ride that gelding at 53.5kg,” reads the official Racing New South Wales statement.
Multilateral is one of three hopefuls for the year’s leading Group 1 trainer Waller in the 15-starter Villiers Stakes field.
Drawn in barrier three he pays $21 in the latest Villiers Stakes odds at an easing price through Ladbrokes.com.au out from $19.
Waller’s two other hopefuls are single figure chances with the rails-drawn Strawberry Boy ($6.50 out from $5.50) and veteran galloper I’m Imposing ($10 out from $9) after running third and first respectively in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last time out.
Multilateral, winner of the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) with James McDonald in the saddle on 54kg back in early September, also comes via the Festival Stakes.
There Schofield rode the American-bred grey import for the first time finishing two and a half lengths away sixth behind his winning stable mate.
Race favourite at $4.80 and firming meanwhile is the Steven O’Dea-trained Sir Moments ($4.80 in from $5.50) who is undefeated on Soft – Heavy ground.
With steady rain in Sydney over the week, a soft track is a certainty at Randwick on Saturday.
Despite this, the track manager Lindsay Murphy is confident the course will hold up for the summer meeting.
On Thursday morning, following a total of 41.2mm of rain over the past seven days, the course proper was rated a Soft (7).
“That’s about what we expected and we do expect to get some more today,” Murphy said on Thursday.
“From tomorrow onwards won’t be too bad and it’s pleasing that it’s just a soft (7) at the moment.”
Recent work at Randwick, which hasn’t held a meeting since November 8, also has Murphy confident that it would provide a safe and quality surface for the Villiers Stakes Day action.
“The renovation work on the track has helped because it enables the rain to get through the profile and that’s what’s happened,” he said.
“We de-thatched the track to try and invigorate new growth into the turf and that’s really happened so it’s all fresh growth there at the moment.
“It looks terrific and should race well.
“The best case scenario would probably be the worse side of soft.”
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