MELBOURNE Cup-bound Darren Beadman gave himself a farewell winner bringing 6-1 chance King Star safely home in the Class Three, 1,400-metre fifth event yesterday. In an open race, which saw five of the runners within two points of each other in betting, King Star proved too strong. The Neville Begg-trained galloper had been demoted into this class and, on his best form, looked a solid chance. King Star prevailed over last-start winner Sky Horse (12-1), who ran right up to his form of last time, although now back in his rightful company. He came through strongly from the back for Canadian rider Dave Penna and was closest at the line. It was a handy win for Beadman, who has not been getting quite the same number of chances this year he did last time when with John Moore. The disappointment was top-weight and favourite Perfect Sunshine (5-1), who was given a perfect run in the early and middle stages by Dean McKeown. But he found nothing in the straight when the pressure was applied.