Before the Jockey Club licensing committee sanctioned the bid by John Moore to retain Darren Beadman as a stable jockey, there were mountains that had to be moved. There was a strong element that was dead against his return on the grounds of precedent. Never before had a jockey disqualified for malpractice been granted readmission to Hong Kong. The prevailing belief was that it's a privilege, not a right, to ride here and once that privilege is squandered, it could never be redeemed. Well, that's great in theory but Beadman's life for the past 13 years has been all about redemption. And ultimately, even his most dogmatic opponents had to surrender and admit he had earned an invitation to return. How quickly the Australian star has repaid their faith. After three meetings, Beadman is now on six winners and he's worked his magic on the Moore horses five times. To understand how much Beadman gets out of a horse, ask Marco Chui Kwan-lai, who found Mutual Fun's tanks on empty when he took over on the gelding second-up at Sha Tin last Sunday. It has to be said that while Beadman put five winners together at the last two Sha Tin meetings, Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble have been on the sidelines, while last year's premiership third Olivier Doleuze has not yet hit his new-season stride. So the 'competition' that the licensing committee so badly wanted to see hasn't yet materialised, apart from the Beadman-Whyte duel in the final race on October 1, which was great theatre indeed. In Hong Kong, where the punting public makes jockey idolatry a full-time obsession, Beadman will quickly build a following to match that of Whyte's and Prebble's. His main weapons are the same - superb horsemanship, an incredible level of consistency and the ability to make more right decisions, more often.