Chad Schofield celebrated his 200th Hong Kong victory in perfect fashion as Fantastic Treasure confirmed his rare quality by bettering Golden Sixty’s Class 2 1400m record at Sha Tin with a stunning win in the Crystal Handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday (16 May).
Competing at Class 2 level for the first time, David Hayes’ gifted three-year-old downed a bevy of seasoned gallopers, weaving his way through tiring opposition to retain an unblemished record with a fifth successive win and covering the 1400m trip in 1m 20.28s – bettering Golden Sixty’s class record mark of 1m 20.29s, set in October 2019.
Schofield, 27, declared the Written Tycoon gelding the most exciting galloper he has ridden after spectacularly sealing a card which also featured three other record-breaking performances, including Valiant Dream’s effort to lower Aethero’s 1000m course record.
“Yes, he’s the most exciting (horse I’ve ridden). He’s just such an impressive horse, he just oozes quality, no matter what you do,” Schofield, winner of the G1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) and G1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in Australia, said of Fantastic Treasure.
“I’ve ridden him in all of his starts and in each one of them, he’s progressively improved – mentally and physically. Today, I fired him out of the gates. I knew I was going to get caught wide, so I asked him to come back and he came back. Then I picked him up again to take a position and he did that for me.