Schofield confident Resplendent Glory can win Violet Hill
June 06, 2017 04:38am
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Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Resplendent Glory has been one of the finds of the late-season period in Hong Kong, and jockey Chad Schofield believes the Tony Millard-trained chestnut is capable of making it three wins in a row when he tackles the second section of the Violet Hill Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (7 June).


“I think he is up to Class 3,” Schofield said at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (6 June). “The horse is in very good form, he couldn’t have done much more at his last two wins. I think his latest win was even better than his first one, so he’s on the way up and I wouldn’t swap him for any other horse. He’s still on fresh legs, he’s only had two runs this season and his wins have been soft so I’m looking forward to riding him again.”


Resplendent Glory (120lb) had not raced in 10 months when he stepped out for Millard for the first time in April, having previously finished midfield in two starts for Francis Lui last season.


The Star Witness four-year-old won by a length and a half on his return, before scoring a facile two and three-quarter length success at his last start. Both wins came over the Happy Valley 1200m, the same course and distance he tackles on Wednesday night.


“His previous two wins in Class 4, he was gifted a good gate and just camped behind the speed and showed his customary turn of foot, which is very strong,” Schofield said. “He’s drawn a little awkwardly tomorrow night. He’s a horse that has very good gate speed but he does have a very good turn of foot if he’s ridden accordingly so I will have to go through the race and figure out the best way to ride him.


“There’s a lot of speed inside too, so if we press forward, there’s a good chance we’ll be caught off the track. At the same time, we don’t want to be too far off them and out of reach, so we’ll come up with the right game plan.”


Schofield has had at least one winner at each of the past six meetings at which he has ridden, and the 23-year-old feels he has finally got into his rhythm after a stop-start season interrupted by suspensions.


“I feel I’m riding nicely, I’ve had a good run of late through May and now into June,” he said. “It was good to get another winner on the weekend. It’s all about momentum, I’ll look to keep the ball rolling and hopefully everything takes care of itself. Horses like Resplendent Glory do help, though.”


Among Resplendent Glory’s main rivals in Wednesday night’s seventh race are Lui-trained Amazing (125lb), stepping out for his fourth start, and Manfred Man’s consistent Healthy Luck (125lb). Also creating interest is Dr Listening (128lb), who has his first start for David Hall after leaving the John Size yard.


The second section of the Violet Hill Handicap is scheduled to jump at 10:15pm.

Source: Hong Kong Jockey Club (Andrew Hawkins)


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