Dale Lands Hit And Run Mission

Feb 27, 2014

Simon Dinopoulos Racing and Sports:

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale continued his very handy record in Victoria with Chelsea Hotel landing the prize at Sandown Park on Wednesday.

Chad Schofield Photo by Racing and Sports
Having failed to run up to market expectations at her last two starts at both Randwick and Canterbury, Dale elected to travel south with his daughter of Dylan Thomas.

"Sydney is heating up at the moment with the carnival fast approaching, it's getting quite strong so we had a look down here," Dale said.

"It's a fairly long way to travel from Canberra but I'm getting used to it and we had picked that race out a couple of weeks ago.

"The race shaped up how we had hoped and she drew nicely so we were more than happy to head down and we got the result."

In what proved Dale's third victor from just six attempts at Sandown Park, Dale said he was very pleased to see Chelsea Hotel notch up her maiden metropolitan victory.

"She's nice mare who we wanted to get some city form on the board with," Dale said.

"Fortunately for us she was the right horse in the the right race at the right time.

"She was down to run in Canberra on Sunday but given a city win would look far better on her resume we elected to go that way and fortunately for us it paid off."

Pressing forward to lead from the favourable draw Chelsea Hotel kicked away nicely at the top of the straight, fighting on strongly to hold off the late charge from the Mark Riley trained Da Silva.

"Chad rode her brilliantly.

"She had to go from a long way out and she looked vulnerable but she toughed it right out, it was a good effort."

Successful in recording a new career peak Chelsea Hotel proved the first leg of a winning double for Chad Schofield, with the young hoop going on to salute aboard Cadillac Mountain in the final event.

"My instructions were to lead on her because that's how she races at her best," Schofield said.

"She's probably capable of jumping quicker but she mustered really quickly and got to the front easily.

"She travelled nicely when she was there and I let her down around the turn, swapped her back onto her right leg and she gave a really nice kick.

"She started to get a little bit tired late but she held on which was pleasing."