Beadman’s G1 chance before Impending change
THE irony will be lost on nobody if Darren Beadman trains a Group 1 winner for Godolphin, with Impending at Eagle Farm tomorrow, in the same week as his replacement is named.
Godolphin confirmed the worst kept secret in racing on Wednesday when James Cummings was announced as the successor for John O’Shea on a three year deal.
Of course Beadman has been interim trainer for the past three weeks and will continue in the role until July 8 when he’ll return to his former job as assistant trainer.
Impending, a talented colt whose record doesn’t match his ability, tackles the Group 1 $700,000 Darley Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) on the back of two smart trial performances.
“It’s a tough race but he’s done extremely well,” Beadman said.
“He’s had two really nice trials, the second one he was tested a bit more than the first and he seems to have come through it well.”
Impending, who started favourite in the Caulfield Guineas spring, hasn’t raced since finishing third behind Derryn in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint during The Championships.
He meets Derryn again tomorrow with that colt subsequently running third in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Jungle Edge, who I mpending finished third behind in the Star Kingdom Stakes, is also in the race formerly known as the BTC Cup.
Godolphin’s retained rider James Doyle returns to Brisbane to ride Impending who has drawn the inside alley.
“A lot will depend on how the track’s riding, whether
inside gate is an advantage or not,” Beadman said.
“But he couldn’t be any better than is at this stage of his preparation.”
Cummings is due to finish an almost decade long stint at Leilani Lodge, where he was foreman, co-trainer with his late grandfather Bart, and then head trainer, in mid-June before starting at Godolphin.
That allows the 29-year-old time to complete the winter carnival preparations of horses like dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon who runs in tomorrow’s Grand Prix Stakes on his way to the Queensland Derby.
His wife Monica has also resigned as general manager of Gooree Stud in preparation for the move to Godolphin with horses be distributed to other stables.