DAVID Hayes will take aim at the Listed Belle Of The Turf Stakes at Gosford with Rose Pattern, winner of today’s Riverside Handicap at Flemington.
Hayes said Rose Pattern, now a winner of her past three starts at Rosehill, Caulfield and Flemington, deserved a shot at a black type race.
He noted that Rose Pattern, which led throughout in her latest win, would be able to step up to the 1600 metres if ridden with cover.
The $100,000 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600 m) is run at Gosford on Thursday, January 10.
“I think she is a bit better with cover, but Chad (Schofield) made an executive decision and it paid off,” Hayes said.
“He (Schofield) makes mature decisions for a young person. He’s exceptional.”
Rose Pattern, a drifter from $6 to $8, fought on strongly to defy an army of challengers to win by the narrowest margin from Motto’s Gem, $15, with another short half head to Street Diamond, $21, third.
Classic Elle, backed from $4.80 to $4 favourite, charged late to be a half head away fourth.
Schofield was able to control the race in front to a nicety as he slowed the tempo early and then asked Rose Pattern to dash home her final 600 metres, which she did in 33.42 seconds.
The 19-year-old said Rose Pattern was showed plenty of fight when it mattered most.
“She had a nice time in front, but with a big weight (57.5 kg) she did a good job,” Schofield said.
“She is getting better all the time, she’s definitely up to that grade.”