Glyn Schofield has won a race in the stewards’ room, been beaten in a photo finish and judged a front-running ride to perfection in the first three races at Warwick Farm.
The Chris Waller-trained Cross Stitch was beaten by a short half head in the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1600m) on Wednesday only to have the result overturned.
Stewards determined Adam Hyeronimus’ mount Audacious Choice caused interference to Schofield and Cross Stitch on the home turn and upheld the protest.
Cross Stitch was sent out the $2.70 favourite while Adacious Choice ($16) was relegated to second with Hollywood Mo ($5) filling the other placing.
Schofield fought out in the finish in the next race but Cocoexcel was denied by a strong performance from the Gerald Ryan-trained Suspenders with James McDonald aboard.
Ryan said the filly could head towards a stakes race during the Melbourne spring carnival.
“There is a couple of listed races and Group Three races so we’ll just see how she does,” Ryan said.
Schofield was back in the action in the staying contest over 2200m where he took the David Payne-trained Doc Holiday to the front and led all the way.
It was a tough staying performance from Doc Holiday ($9.50) who held off Maralisa ($8) by a head with Supercoach a length ($16) third.
“David gave me fantastic instructions and he knows the horse down to the ground,” Schofield said.
“He said ‘be perseverant on him and get him out there and then roll along him and he won’t disappoint you’.”
Schofield said he nearly had a winning treble after as many races.
“The third race was a good win, the first one probably would have won so it was the right result I suppose,” Schofield said.
“The second one just got run out of it late so a bit of a mixed bag.”
Kerrin McEvoy also emerged with a double after riding Galaxy Warrior home for Mudgee trainer Gayna Williams in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1400m) and Faith’s Encore in the #TheRaces Handicap (1200m).
Faith’s Encore’s co-trainer Peter Snowden said the talented three-year-old filly would be an improved horse in 12 months.