Mixed fortunes for the stable, but Beadman hopeful for Dubai
On a Derby Day that promised much, John Moore escaped with wins in the final two races but none of the silverware and he was left with concerns over stable jockey Darren Beadman's fitness for Dubai Saturday night.
Beadman had to be carried away from the 1,200m start after an incident in the starting gates that saw favourite Ming Hoi Glory withdrawn before the second race and Beadman replaced for the remainder of the programme.
First Class, drawn next to Ming Hoi Glory and having his first race experience, became upset after being placed in the starting stalls and, when he began to thrash about, Ming Hoi Glory then panicked and smashed Beadman's leg against the steel structure of the gates.
Beadman was due to go to Dubai on Wednesday to ride final gallops for the Moore-trained Dim Sum and the Sean Woods-trained King Dancer ahead of partnering them in multi-million dollar races at the World Cup meeting, and he was hopeful last night he might have sustained only bruising.
'I don't think there's anything broken, but I'm sitting here with it buried in ice right now. I'll stay off it as much as possible and get an MRI scan in the morning to check,' Beadman said last night. 'I hope I'll be OK for Dubai but I won't really know until the morning.'
But Beadman didn't miss a Moore winner with his injury, with Vincent Ho Chak-yiu already booked for Packing Ok in the ninth and Damien Oliver always aboard Leading City in the last race.
'I think we realise Packing Ok is a fresh horse now,' said Moore. 'He won his first run over here and he's had a bit of a break after being disappointing his last run and now he has won well today. Vincent gave him a nice ride and the claim certainly helped him fight New Vision off in the last 50m when I really thought he had us done. But I think Packing Ok might still be fairly limited in scope.'
Ming Hoi Glory's scratching, along with outsiders Dividend Champion and First Class, left a big hole in the second event, which was picked up by Brett Prebble for Danny Shum Chap-shing aboard Lucky Follow Me.
'He was still very keen in the blinkers even coming back to 1,200m today and maybe he could do without them, but he's won two from two for Danny so who's to say we should mess with that recipe?' said Prebble.