Beadman returns for barrier trial
Hong Kong-based jockey Darren Beadman will ride Gai Waterhouse’s problem child More Joyous in a mandatory barrier trial at Randwick on Friday.
The Golden Slipper favourite was ordered to trial by stewards after her buckjumping display when odds-on favourite in the Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill on February 28.
Beadman has been released by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to ride More Joyous in the trial and to return for the Reisling Stakes, a traditional lead-up to the Golden Slipper, at Rosehill on Saturday week.
He is also engaged for the ride in the $3.5 million Slipper (1200m) at the same venue on April 4.
Beadman will leave Hong Kong on Thursday and return on Saturday to ride at Sunday’s Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
More Joyous scored brilliantly on debut at Rosehill in January to earn Slipper favouritism before her rodeo display last start when it was thought jockey Nash Rawiller’s lightweight saddle had pinched the filly’s wither, leading to her antics.
Beadman told the South China Morning Post he would use a heftier two-pound (0.9kg) saddle "at a minimum" on More Joyous.
The jockey had already agreed, subject to HKJC approval, to ride outstanding mare Tuesday Joy for More Joyous’ owner John Singleton in the Group One Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba on March 28.
"I’ve also promised Singo I’ll ride Tuesday Joy in the Arc De Triomphe if she runs," Beadman told the Hong Kong paper.