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Regular jockey of boom sprinter Hay List, Glyn Schofield makes his return to riding this Saturday at Rosehill after a three week injury-enforced break.
Schofield badly injured his collarbone when falling from favourite Hawk Island in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 23.
The fall saw Schofield miss the winning ride aboard the John McNair-trained Hay List in the following race, the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), duties falling to champion hoop Glen Boss.
Boss was subsequently booked again for Hay List’s next start when second to Peter Moody’s superlative mare Black Caviar in last Saturday’s Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben.
While Schofield senior has been out of action, his son and fellow jockey Chad Schofield has enjoyed a string of tidy turf wins.
Chad Schofield broke his metro maiden status on May 11 with a gritty final-stride victory aboard the aptly-named Winning Glory at Randwick’s Kensington track.
The victory came just a week after his similarly pencil-thin win on How Much My Love in the Wagga Gold Town Plate (1200m).
His son’s recent rise through the ranks has been one of the forces driving Schofield to return to the saddle as quickly as possible.
“With Chad winning the Town Plate at Wagga and back it up a couple of days later with his first win at Randwick was fantastic,” Schofield said.
With Glyn now reportedly back to near full fitness, both father and son will have a handful of rides each at the Rosehill Gardens meeting this Saturday.
Glyn Schofield has six rides on the eight-race programme including a mount in the day’s feature race, the $100,000 Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m), aboard the Chris Waller-trained Beijing Boy.
Chad has been booked for two rides and will face off against his father in the $70,000 De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100m) riding the Allan Denham-trained Dublette while his other run is in Rosehill Race 8 with the David Payne-trained Kimberley Kid.
Following Saturday Schofield will head off overseas the following day to ride Herman Brown Junior’s Gitano in the $3 million Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m) at Kranji on Sunday.
“(I am) back with a handful of rides on Saturday at Rosehill and then off to Singapore,” Schofield said.
The hoop resumed trackwork this week and is feeling confident that his collarbone has healed well.
“Body feels great,” he said.
“(I) rode five or six yesterday at a gallop, body felt a bit stiff but went out this morning and rode another four or five so the body feels great.
“I was quite fortunate it was just the collarbone so I could still exercise other parts.”
Schofield is then likely to return to Australia to resume his association with Hay List in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 28.
The Doomben 10,000 will be Hay List’s final chance to turn the tables on Black Caviar this season, both stars set to be sent for a spell after the clash ahead of the spring.
Hay List has faced Moody’s unbeaten queen four times for four defeats and connections are losing confidence that Hay List is in fact the horse that will get the better of Caviar.
“He finished the closest he ever has to her on Saturday (in the BTC Cup) and she has had a tough campaign,” Hay List’s managing owner Terry Davenport said.
“In saying that, she still beat us by two lengths and she is a freak.”
Glyn Schofield confirmed that Hay List was a champion, but that Black Caviar was the champion.
“He’s probably the second best horse in the world,” Schofield said of Hay List.
“There’s only one that can beat him and that’s Black Caviar.”
While Schofield knows Hay List’s ability, he said that both himself and Boss couldn’t help feeling slightly discouraged each time Black Caviar beat him out of a Group 1.
“You come off that turn and hit top stride and at the speed you’re going you feel nothing can catch you,” he said.
“Then you see her cruise up the outside, it’s disheartening.”
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