There was no sup of whiskey from the quaich for Chad Schofield after he took the Happy Valley feature tonight (Wednesday, 28 November), not with his evening’s work only partly done, but the rider certainly deserved a celebratory dram after sealing a treble in the Class 4 St Andrew’s Challenge Quaich (2200m).
Schofield left the spirit-filled glasses for the tartan-adorned guests and dignitaries, and as the bagpipes’ drones and chanters played to the race’s 99-year tradition, he reflected on a profitable night.
“A treble’s always good!” he smiled after guiding the Caspar Fownes-trained Smart Baby through a smooth passage to success.
“Smart Baby won really well, he was back on the fence and I had a beautiful run,” he said. “But to the horse’s credit he picked up with the light weight and put the race away quickly. He was all alone the last furlong and it was just a matter of keeping him going.”
The 3.8 favourite passed the wining post a length and a quarter clear of runner-up Happy Rocky, sealing a double for Fownes after Fearless Fire’s win in race four.
“Two in a row – hopefully he’s not finished yet,” the handler said of his Quaich winner. “He’s a progressive horse in that class and he stays all day so there’ll be races for him throughout the season.”