Schofield staying on a winner
Glyn Schofield already has the plum spring ride on the country’s most exciting sprinter but he’s also looking to land a major staying prize when he reunites with Herculian Prince in Melbourne.
The jockey will jump back aboard Herculian Prince in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup with the gelding equal second favourite for the $2.5 million feature following his win in the Group One Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) last start.
Favourite Alcopop and Herculian Prince are listed at 19 and 20 respectively in the order of entry for the 18-horse field but both are expected to gain runs when others above them come out.
Schofield has ridden Herculian Prince on three occasions including victory in his first sit on the former New Zealander in the Listed JRA Plate (2000m) in April.
From that day forward Schofield’s expectation was that Herculian Prince could develop into a genuine Cups contender.
“He just felt like the type of horse that was going to get stronger and better as he went forward,” Schofield said.
“He’s proven that as he’s now a Group One winner and he deserves his place (on Saturday).
“He’s got a light weight (53.5kg), he’s a strong galloper and he’s obviously a live chance. I’m glad to be on him.”
Nash Rawiller has ridden Herculian Prince in his past two starts and Hugh Bowman had the ride three starts back when he won the Group Three Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) but 53.5kg is below either jockey’s weight range.
Schofield missed the Kingston Town Stakes as he was Melbourne that day winning the McEwen Stakes on outstanding sprinter Hay List who has since added dominant victories in the Group One Manikato Stakes and Group Two Gilgai Stakes.
“When you’re in the carnival you want to be on the good horses and fortunately I’ve got a couple of nice ones to ride,” Schofield said.
“With a bit of luck it will be good.”
Herculian Prince’s win in The Metropolitan on October 2 got his spring campaign back on track.
It came just seven days after the Gai Waterhouse-trained five-year-old choked down in the Colin Stephen Quality and failed to beat a runner home as a $1.40 favourite.
“He’s over that little hiccup and obviously the gear change (a bit lifter) was what was needed in light of that poor performance the week earlier,” Schofield said.
The hoop, who has ridden twice in the Caulfield Cup without success, believes Herculian Prince’s ability to make it hard for his opposition is his biggest strength heading into the race.
“He’s just really strong,” he said.
“He’s got lots of stamina, a really strong cruising speed, and he can get out and roll where he can get the others off the bridle a long way out and they have to start chasing earlier than they’d probably like to.
“That’s where his asset is.”