Beadman can come out on top in two-horse race

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 February, 2011, 12:00am

Jockey Challenge oddsmakers have nailed the points event down to two riders, Darren Beadman and Douglas Whyte, and last night posted the pair as $3 equal favourites but, with strong support from premiership leading trainer John Moore, Beadman may just be able to shade Whyte today at Sha Tin.

The Moore stable had a monster result at the Chinese New Year meeting last Saturday with four winners - and ironically the knockout factor for Beadman supporters could come in the shape of in-form Greg Cheyne ($13) after he picked up the lightweight rides on Jacobee and Sky Mascot for the Moore yard.

Beadman, however, packs enough punches in his eight-ride card to rack up a serious tally and he can get away to a flying start on the David Hall-trained Ponderosa in race two down the 1,000m straight course.

Master Gunner and Surrounded can help Moore get on an early roll, and Shanghai Pioneer was listed as overnight favourite for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah in race five.

Beadman and Moore combine for a potentially huge finish to the afternoon with second-starter Sunny More, lightweight feature-chance Mighty High and last-start winner Elite Sixty-Six leading into the unstoppable Captain Sweet, who can extend his unbeaten winning run to six for the season.