CHAD Schofield wasn’t interested in the number of winners he missed during an enforced Christmas holiday, he was more concerned about those he would ride in the future.
He didn't need long to make up for lost time as he posted a double of Whisper Downs and Finishing Card.
Schofield resumed today at Caulfield following a suspension he unsuccessfully appealed from the Werribee Cup on December 16.
Hayes’ foreman Bruno Rouge-Serret described as “brilliant” Chadfield’s ride on Whisper Downs, which also appreciated a change of bit and the removal of winkers.
“It was the perfect way to ride him so he didn’t get too far back out of his ground,” Rouge-Serret said.
“The trip is not a concern, it’s just getting it right in his head the way we want him to race.”
Whisper Downs, $3.10, drew clear to win by one and three-quarter lengths from Vizhaka, the $2.45 favourite, with two lengths to Midnight Glory, $7, third.
Schofield said he may have missed “two or three winners”, but added “that was in the past”.
He took his career metropolitan tally to 55 winners with a clever ride on Finishing Card, which was untroubled to win a heat of the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship.
The wins on Whisper Downs and Finishing Card elevated Schofield to the top of the metropolitan apprentice’s table, two more winner than the suspended Damian Lane.