Chad Schofield rides regular winners in Sydney again

After a slow readjustment at the Sydney races, Chad Schofield’s recent surge in form has coincided with the autonomous circuit.

For the past six months, Chad Schofield has lived his best life – doting father, talented jockey, Liverpool FC supporter.

Schofield and his wife, Hannah, are the proud parents of three-month-old son Archer, the star jockey is on the rise in Sydney races as Liverpool chase an unprecedented four-time title.

But by his own admission, Schofield’s return to racing in Sydney last summer after seven successful years in Hong Kong had been a bit slow before his form ignited on the Saturday Autonomous Circuit.

Schofield, 28, heads to Scone on Saturday looking for a third standalone race victory in as many weeks when he rides double-acceptor Tycoonist in the $140,000 (1300m) Luskin Star Stakes or Ortensia Stakes (1100m).

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The tycoon kicked off Schofield’s string of success when they combined to win the Listed Hawkesbury Rush on May 1 before the jockey rode Blondeau to win the Listed Takeover Target Stakes at Gosford last Saturday. He also won over Aleas in the Listed Wagga Wagga Gold Cup on May 7th.

“It took me a bit of time to adjust to racing in Sydney again,” Schofield said.

“I was gone for so long and when I came back I had to start over. I needed to know more about the horses, to know more about the jockeys, to learn all the tracks, to ‘to learn the different biases on these tracks and, more importantly, to recreate my relationships.

“When I left Sydney I was still claiming 3kg as an apprentice. I went to Melbourne and then spent seven years in Hong Kong.

“So I always knew when I came back to Sydney, given how competitive it is here, that it would take time, which it did.

“I’m still a long way from where I want to be, but I’m lucky to have a very good manager in Mark Van Triet and we’re getting there slowly – and we will get there.”

Schofield is articulate and speaks in a measured, confident tone. It has always been so.

When Chad’s father, champion jockey Glyn Schofield, first called Sydney home in 2007, he was often accompanied by his son to Saturday races.

Chad was only 13 at the time, but I remember interviewing the teenager and being struck by his intelligence and confidence.

Even then, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of running form, speed maps and tactics.

“Dad always said if I studied my textbooks as well as the race form, I would have done a lot better in school,” Chad said.

“But racing has always been my passion and I think I was always going to be a jockey.

“To this day, Dad is still by far my biggest mentor and supporter. We still talk about almost every race we both have in depth and I’m very lucky to have him.”

Chad Schofield grew up. He is no longer the “son of a gun” or the “wonder boy”. He’s his own man now.

He became a father in February when his wife, Hannah, gave birth to their son, Archer.

“This is a great moment in our lives,” Schofield said.

“Archer is a perfect little boy, we were lucky everything went well and he’s also a great sleeper!”

Schofield said raising a family was “one of the many reasons” he decided to return to Sydney at the end of last year.

“I was in Hong Kong for a long time, but it would never be a place for me forever,” he said.

“I had a good stint in Hong Kong but it was quite long. We were close to the birth of our first child and the Covid situation there also helped me make the decision to return to Sydney. ”

Former champion jockey Corey Brown, Sky Thoroughbred Central racing expert, has ridden against Chad Schofield in Sydney and overseas and isn’t surprised by the young jockey’s rise this month.

“Chad has really found his groove now,” Brown said.

“I always admired his approach as a jockey and when he came back from Hong Kong you could see he was a much more polished rider and looked complete now.

“It shows how strong the jockey ranks are in Sydney, even with Chad’s style and finesse, it took him a while to get going.

“But Chad can do anything as a jockey. It’s so well balanced that it can roll from the front or the back – I love watching it roll.’

Schofield had just one drive in the Warwick Farm midweek meeting and duly scored on Youthful Tango Fame for coaches Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou.

But the jockey’s exceptional form in recent weeks means he is in high demand for the stand-alone meeting at Scone on Saturday.

Tycoonist is one of seven Schofield rides which also includes She’s The Gift in group 3 Arrowfield Dark Jewel Classic at $200,000 (1400m), promising Victorian filly I Am Me in Denise’s Joy Stakes at $140,000 (1100m) and Soaring Ambition in the winery at $140,000. Wooded stakes (1100m).

“I really enjoyed getting around to these stand-alone meetings,” Schofield said.

“Last week I traveled a lot starting with Hawkesbury then I went to Warrnambool, Wagga (Wagga) and Gosford.

“It was fun to get to those provincial and national tracks and Scone will be no different. I have a good book of rides for Saturday so hopefully we can have some success.”

Which brings us to Liverpool, one of the most popular clubs in world football.

Glyn Schofield is a huge Liverpool fan and Chad inherited his father’s passion for the Merseyside club widely known as ‘The Reds’.

Liverpool are having a terrific season in England having already won the Carabao Cup (League) final, on Saturday night they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, they are due to meet Real Madrid in the European Champions League final later this month and are locked in a tense fight with Manchester City for the English Premier League.

No club has ever won all four competitions in one season, but Liverpool can continue their historic quest in Saturday night’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

Schofield and his father had even considered traveling to Europe for the Champions League final, but decided against making the trip.

“Dad and I went to see Liverpool win the Champions League final a few years ago, but we’re not going this month,” Schofield said.

“Now that I’m starting to get back in shape a little bit, I’m all in to try and take advantage of it.

“But when Scone is finished on Saturday I will go home and sleep before I get up for the FA Cup final early on Sunday morning. I can’t call myself a fan if I don’t watch Liverpool. ”

Originally published as Chad Schofield rides regular winners again in Sydney after returning from Hong Kong

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