Bead­man’s G1 chance be­fore Im­pend­ing change

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICKSON

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.

Dar­ren Bead­man

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