Godolphin’s newly appointed Australian trainer Darren Beadman believes he has Moher cherry ripe to contest the Listed $200,000 Scone Cup (1600m) at Scone on Friday.
Moher will be having his third run back from a spell and will meet Fabrizio 1.5kg better after running a length second to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained five year old in the Group 3 $200,000 Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) at Hawkesbury on April 29
“His run was a beauty the other day,” Beadman said.
“He ran up to win a race that was run at a very solid speed. He’s cherry ripe and he’s going to be hard to beat.”
Kerrin McEvoy will stick with Moher who has drawn midfield at barrier nine in the Scone Cup while Michael Dee takes over from Tommy Berry on Beadman’s other runner Duca Valentinois who drew nicely at gate five.
Beadman can see Duca Valentinois getting a better run in the Scone Cup from a good alley after having no luck from a wide barrier when tenth in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
“The draw is the key to this horse. He had a torrid run at Hawkesbury, but he should be able to get nice cover from a good gate here,” Beadman said.
“The run has brought him on nicely and I think he’ll certainly look the winner at some stage.”
Beadman was quick to find the winner’s stall after only being granted his trainer’s licence last Sunday and saddled up two winners at Canterbury on Wednesday when Malahat beat his stablemate Kementari in the 1200m two year old Maiden while Bratislava scored a narrow win in the 1250m BenchMark 72 Handicap.
Fabrizio has been installed the $4.20 favourite for the Scone Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au with Moher at $6.50 and Duca Valentinois at $7 the next two in the betting.
Also under the $10 mark is the Rodney Ollerton trained Royal Tudor at $8 and Chris Waller’s Amovatio at $9.50.