Beadman offers better value than rivals

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 January, 2010, 12:00am

Darren Beadman is a legitimate chance at knocking over the big guns Brett Prebble and Douglas Whyte in today's Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin and looks a value bet at the opening quote of $5 posted last night.

With the backing of the powerful John Moore stable which thrives on Group One days, Beadman has a book of nine rides and some excellent chances to score maximum points.

Prebble, who is $2.25 favourite, and Whyte, who is $2.85, have strong claims, as always, but Beadman looks the clear value in the early market and can kick off with a winner in the first race with High Note.

High Note is starting to hit his straps and has recorded consecutive seconds at his past two outings, his latest over 1,200m on the dirt behind Single Malt. Beadman will have a harder task to lift High Luck to victory in the second, but a good draw and a low weight give him an outside hope of adding to the 12 points the jockey can score in the first.

Ming Hoi Treasure returns from a long lay-off with injury, but has trialled well and should be competitive in the third, while Elite Sixty-Six is knocking on the door and looks a threat in race four.

Beadman will have the chance for a rest in race five in preparation for a strong back half of the card and the business end of the meeting for the Moore camp.

Antipasto has his work cut out in race six from barrier 14, but One World and Collection have strong claims in the Group One races.

Little Dreams is only a rough chance in race nine, but Beadman can bookend the programme with a win aboard Yummy Spirit in the last.