Beadman keeps the stable ticking over with front-running rides
Darren Beadman left the Golden Slipper to trainer John Moore and stayed in town to pick up a double for the team, with controlling front-running displays on Ming Hoi Glory and Leading City maintaining Moore's one win lead in the trainers' premiership.
Moore and son George are in Sydney ahead of next week's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and made the early trip south to cheer home their Golden Slipper purchase Running Tall, who ended up finding the 1,200 metre dash a bit short and finished 11th to the impressive Sepoy, after winning the 1,400m VRC Sires' Produce Stakes at his lead-in run.
It was all good news for the Moore's at home, however, with Beadman producing two copy-book front-running rides to deny his opponents, including the stablemate Zaidan, a chance of chasing him down before the post.
'Leading City let down good, and the second horse Zaidan, also ran a ripper,' Beadman said.
'Zaidan made up a lot of ground late, and you never know, he might end up being a Derby horse for next year. He's only a three-year-old. He'll be here long enough to be fully settled in and could end up being a bit like Liberator.'
Leading City held Zaidan by 11/4 lengths on the line, eating up his pet distance of 1,400m in the Lion City Handicap to chalk up back-to-back wins and take his career tally to five from 15.
Earlier, Ming Hoi Glory got back in the good books with Beadman, scoring a 11/2-length win over Happy Forever and Elusive Prince after injuring the jockey in a stalls mishap prior to his scheduled last start.
'Ming Hoi Glory bounced out good today, he had the hood on, and was a bit quieter in the gates,' Beadman said. 'It wasn't his fault the other day when we had the incident in the gates and was scratched. He jumped out well today, had a soft lead, and kicked good.
'I thought the fence was a bit of a no go zone today, I don't know why but it just seemed like nothing was making ground, so I was mindful of keeping both the winners off the rail.'