Chad Schofield says he has learned from previous mistakes while riding run-on specialist Super Turbo as he looks to harness his booming finish at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
Schofield has ridden the David Hall-trained six-year-old three times this year but believes the horse will be aided by a strong tempo in the Class Two Suffolk Handicap (1,200m) as he looks for his first win of the season.
After attempting to ride him closer to the speed previously, Schofield said he has learnt to utilise his best asset – a big finish.
“There’s lots of pace on Wednesday with Montreal, Little Bird and a few others that could go forward,” he said.
“His pattern is to get back and run on. I have made the mistake on him before where I have bounced him out and tried to have him too close, it just takes away his finish.
“The best part about him is the end of his races so if they go crazy up front, he will be hitting the line strongly.”
Racing as high as Class One company this season, Super Turbo has performed well at Happy Valley.
His three career wins have all come at the city track, giving Schofield confidence of a victory should the cards fall his way during the race.
“He is a lovely, honest horse. He is obviously really high in the handicaps now but he just tries his best each time he goes around and he will do it again on Wednesday night,” he said.
Schofield will be looking to fill-up on Wednesday night before a suspension kicks in next week from a careless riding charge earlier in the season.
However, it is not all bad news for the 25-year-old after he scored tickets to the Uefa Champions League final in Madrid.
The diehard Liverpool supporter and his sister Whitney surprised their father Glyn with tickets to the match, where he will watch his team live for the first time.
“I was suspended and looked around, myself and dad are big supporters so I thought we would go and watch it,” he said. “He is very excited to get over there.”
Schofield will also ride Caspar Fownes’ Jenerator, who returns to Happy Valley after struggling in his first start there last month.
The New Zealand import has battled in Hong Kong since arriving with a rating of 70 but Schofield believes he may have turned a corner after a recent barrier trial.
“He is obviously a horse that wants the mile or at least a mile so from the good draw it will be interesting to see how he can run,” he said.
“He did not get around the track the best [last start], but he will be much better for the run and he has a good gate on Wednesday and the different tempo over the mile will suit him.”