Sydney jockey Chad Schofield has been granted a visiting jockey’s licence to ride at three feature race meetings in Singapore, starting with the Group 3 Fortune Bowl meeting this Sunday, 11 February.
The 29-year-old jockey steered Golden Monkey to victory in the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) on 2 July last year at his first one-day visit to Kranji and he is again engaged by trainer Tim Fitzsimmons to ride the talented chestnut gelding in the 1400m feature race on the second day of Chinese New Year.
Schofield will also ride Golden Monkey in the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1400m) on 21 April and the Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) on 18 May.
Born in Durban to former jockey Glyn Schofield, who won the 2011 Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m) astride Gitano Hernando, Schofield junior debuted in Sydney in 2010 at the young age of 16. He was crowned Sydney and New South Wales champion apprentice jockey in the 2011/2012 season before going on to become Melbourne’s champion apprentice jockey in the 2012/2013 season.
Schofield also enjoyed a successful stint in Hong Kong for seven years where he bagged six Group wins in more than 200 wins. His biggest success came aboard Singapore Sling in the 2018 Hong Kong Classic Cup before he returned to Sydney in late 2021.
Besides Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, the British national has also ridden in Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In 14 years of riding, Schofield has chalked up close to 600 wins, including four Group 1 wins, namely the 2013 WS Cox Plate aboard Shamus Award and three other Group 1 races in the following year: the Newmarket Handicap atop Lankan Rupee, the Champagne Stakes with Go Indy Go and the Queensland Derby on board Sonntag.
Currently licensed by Racing New South Wales, Schofield sits in 16th position on 12 wins on the New South Wales Metropolitan jockeys’ premiership this season.
He goes to scale at 55kgs.