Chad Schofield is looking to cash in on the final two race meetings of the 2020/21 Hong Kong racing season when he makes his return this Sunday (11 July) at Sha Tin after being sidelined for the past three fixtures with chickenpox.
“I’m only back for the final two meetings of the season but hopefully I can bang a few winners in before it ends,” Schofield said. “I’ve got some nice rides across the two final meetings, so hopefully I can get a few home.”
Eager to get back into the swing of things, Schofield’s diagnosis early last week meant that he was forced to not only forego rides but watch on from afar in isolation.
“I never actually felt sick, obviously I noticed the spots but they weren’t terrible, so I sent a picture to the Club’s doctor and he said ‘Come in and let me have a look at them’.
“Then when I did go in and when he saw me in person, he clinically diagnosed me with chickenpox, so from there I was asked to isolate,” Schofield said.
Nearing the end of his sixth full season in Hong Kong, Schofield has collected 203 wins in the city since his initial campaign in 2015/16, a score he is fervently aiming to better.
“It was a very quiet week – it’s frustrating, especially at the end of the season as I was hoping to finish it off as strongly as I could,” he said.
Eyeing success before season’s close next Wednesday (14 July), Schofield is looking forward to partnering Lucky With You in the Class 4 Entrapment Handicap (1200m).