Dynamic duo strikes again
Danny Shum Chap-shing has fellow trainer John Moore to thank for his deadly combination with jockey Darren Beadman, in more ways than one.
Shum and Beadman struck again yesterday for their fifth win of the season when Healthy Manner made it back-to-back Happy Valley victories in a Class Four Handicap (1,800m).
The pair first met when Shum was riding work for Moore, and Beadman arrived as stable jockey nearly 20 years ago.
These days Shum takes advantage of his former employer's top heavy stable to gain the services of the unflappable veteran.
While Moore's yard is full of Group race contenders and Class One and Two runners, Shum has found a niche booking the Aussie hoop on his Class Four and Five-rated gallopers.
'Fortunately John doesn't have many lower class horses so Darren can ride for me,' said Shum, who maintained his early season lead in the trainers' premiership with his 10th victory.
'We are very good friends and are very close after riding for Mr Moore.'
Beadman said his association with Shum was 'falling into place nicely'.
But he said the best part of riding for the trainer were his uncomplicated pre-race directives, or lack of them.
'The beauty of riding for Danny is that he doesn't tie you down with any instructions, he just says 'what do you think?,' Beadman said.
'It's a bit like riding for Bart Cummings in Australia. It gives you a lot of confidence and just lets you ride the horse how you want to ride it.'
After settling back worse than mid-field on Healthy Manner, Beadman pulled the right rein in heading to the unfavoured rails on Healthy Manner turning for home.
The move proved decisive, with the runner-up Young Turbo heading wide after enjoying a similar run in transit.
'He is a very good jockey and everyone knows it,' Shum said.
'He is also a very good judge.'
But Shum claimed it's not only on-track where Beadman's judgement is spot on, with the rider providing invaluable feedback in the mornings.
'He helps a trainer a lot and he can tell you a lot about a horse,' Shum explained.
'He has very good horse-sense. He can balance a horse up well and let it use its turn of foot.'
Healthy Manner has amassed an impressive record, particularly at the city circuit, where he collected each of his four wins.
The five-year-old will now find himself near the top of Class Four, where the trainer predicted the gelding would find it tough carrying big weights.
'Carrying a top weight will be hard for him,' Shum said. 'Maybe he can run a place. He'll need luck.'