Rock-solid Beadman can come up trumps
The Durban Demon and the Dazzler - Douglas Whyte and Darren Beadman - have won four of the last six Jockey Challenges between them and the world class duo are set to stage another battle royale at Sha Tin today.
Oddsmakers have favoured Whyte and posted him a $1.65 elect, ahead of Beadman ($2.25), and once again, the fixed-odds department at the Jockey Club have the competition nailed down and the only thing separating the top pair at the finish will come down to luck this afternoon.
Despite the apparent two-jockey race, Felix Coetzee ($25) and Zac Purton ($50), look the two value hopes in the market - but both will need plenty to go right for them.
At the odds, Beadman looks the better bet and, with the Moore stable in great form and nine rock-solid rides to back him up, the Dazzler should be hard to beat. If Beadman can score points in the opening event on the Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained Incredible Eagle it will bode well for the rest of his mounts, who are all supplied by Moore and are capable of winning.
Youngsters Smart Giant, City Dragon and Surrounded are promising types and should keep Beadman in the hunt. Like a cheap romance novel, the back end of his book is where it really heats up, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better set of five consecutive rides this month than Beadman has this afternoon.
Packing OK, Captain Sweet, Jacobee, Yummy Spirits and Admiration will ensure he storms home at the finish of the Jockey Challenge - but whether or not that will be enough to nail Whyte remains to be seen.