Beadman declares himself 100 per cent fit for action
Top jockey Darren Beadman gained some 'instant relief' yesterday from the back pain that saw him stand down at Sha Tin on Sunday and plans to quell any lingering doubts about his race fitness at the trackwork session this morning.
Beadman's pain threw a momentary scare into the John Moore camp, for whom he is stable rider, ahead of mounts for the yard in all four Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The jockey had reported severe discomfort in his back prior after four mounts on Sunday, and missed the winning ride on Military Move when he was replaced on his last three, but a pinched nerve was the culprit rather than anything more debilitating.
'I hardly slept on Sunday night but went to the chiropractor today and it was instant relief. I'm 100 per cent,' Beadman (pictured) said last night. 'My back has been good all my career until Sunny King pulled on me one day last May and set off some sort of nerve pinch there. It was niggling at me last week but it wasn't hampering my riding, then I really got strongly into Our Dynasty in the finish on Sunday and something went off and it became very painful.'
Beadman said a key piece of gear was not in his bag at the races or he might not have been forced to stand down at all.
'I have a kind of brace that gives me back support and I think it would have been all right with that but I didn't have it with me,' he explained. 'I put some elastoplasts tight on my back before Iron Hawk's race and thought that might do the trick but it wasn't enough. The back brace is going straight in the kitbag now for the races, just in case, but I'll be fine to ride Wednesday night. I have another appointment with the chiropractor tomorrow and I'll go and work one in the morning, just so no-one has any worries.'
Beadman will undergo a formal fitness inspection this morning for the stewards.
He will pilot most of the Moore international runners later in the week in their final gallops, though Admiration has finished his preparation for the Hong Kong Sprint with a workout Saturday and a stalls test this morning where he was passed to wear blinkers.