Marshall sought as Beadman switches
By ROBIN PARKE
TRAINER Geoff Lane yesterday discussed a stable job next season with Club jockey John Marshall as top Australian rider Darren Beadman made official his end-of-season departure from the stable of champion trainer John Moore.
Beadman now definitely rides for Neville Begg from next September with Moore, leading the championship chase in what looks like an increasingly successful bid to retain his title, expected to finalise his riding arrangements in the next few days.
Lane's move for Marshall is not unexpected but comes on the heels of an approach made to the trainer by Nigel Tiley, whose association with Alex Wong Siu-tan was officially ended by the Jockey Club last Friday. Wong is not permitted to retain a jockey next season.
Lane said last night: ''I have spoken to John (Marshall) about next season and I have also had a talk with Nigel.'' Marshall confirmed he had spoken briefly to Lane but now finds himself in a position of suddenly being very much a wanted man.
The former Sydney champion jockey confirmed that the offer to ride for Anthony Cummings was very much on.
He said: ''I have spoken again recently to Anthony before all the latest moves here and told him that I would be straight back down at the end of the season.
''But I am enjoying very much my time in Hongkong, particularly the way things have been going lately so I am certainly not ruling out staying on here if it is the right offer,'' he added.
Beadman confirmed yesterday morning the move to Begg.
''I spoke to John (Moore) and informed him that I was definitely going to Mr Begg. ''But I am equally determined to do my very best for John and the stable from now until the end of the season.
''It was not the easiest decision to make but I honestly feel it is the right one for me and my family,'' added Beadman.
The shock move to Begg now means the almost certain end of Robert Thompson's Hongkong career.
The Australian jockey has ridden for Begg for two seasons but has now lost the job to Beadman.
With openings in Hongkong extremely limited, Thompson will have little option but to pack his bags for home in June.