Beadman still sidelined as Australian jockeys dominate in Hong Kong

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 2nd, 2012

As Australian jockeys continue to dominate the racing scene in Hong Kong, sidelined Darren Beadman is no closer to making a comeback from injuries he received in a horror fall at Sha Tin back in February.

Darren Beadman

Champion jockey Darren Beadman could be out of racing for 1 to 2 years - photo © Taron Clarke

Beadman will have to forego his position as stable rider for premiership winning trainer John Mooreafter the latest MRI scans in Hong Kong could offer no good news for Australia’s former leading jockey who is suffering from balance, speech and brain functions as a result of the head trauma he received in the fall.

Beadman is resigned to the fact a return to the saddle is a long way off and it would not be unrealistic in saying it might be between one and two years.

“I’m no better and no worse than I was when they did the last MRI, that’s the report,” Beadman said.

“I’ll move back to Sydney and continue my rehabilitation there and keep working towards riding again. It’s obvious now this is going to be a very long process, maybe even a year or two, they said.”

This leaves Moore without a stable rider for next season with top New Zealand rider James McDonald being touted as Beadman’s replacement after the talented young jockey was lured to Hong Kong by Moore and partnered Xtension to victory in the Group 1 HK$12m The BMW Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on May 6.

Australian jockeys rode eight of the eleven winners on Hong Kong Reunification Raceday at Sha Tin on Sunday with Tye Angland riding a treble and Zac Purton completing another multiple winning day with a double and secured the jockey’s challenge for the day with five placings to add to his winners.

Trainer Derek Kruz  provided Purton with the second leg of his double and was full of praise for his winning ride on Wraith Of Fire.

“That was a great ride,” Cruz said.

“He didn’t rush it and left it right to the end, which is how this horse always needs to be ridden, he has a nice finish.”

Purton said the win by Wraith Of Fire was very courageous considering he had to carry the substantial weight of 132 pounds.

“When I came to them at the 200m, I thought he’d win easily, but the weight got to him and made the margin a bit smaller,” Purton said.

Angland is creating a good impression amongst the trainers and as well as wining on Owner’s Prise for Kruz, he also rode Alp’s Glory for Danny Shum and the John Size trained Real Specialist who did a good job dropping back in distance.

“I think everyone knows he’s pretty good but it was a big effort to come back from 1,800m to 1,400m and win like that,” Angland said.

“We got a great run from the low draw but I was expecting that he might grind away and take a bit of time to get himself into the finish but he let down really well and just blew them away.”

Brett Prebble, Tim Clark and Mark Zahra all rode a winner each to make it a memorable day for the Aussie boys.

Prebble is one win ahead of Purton on the Hong Kong jockey’s table on fifty-nine, but neither rider have any chance of overtaking runaway leader Douglas Whyte who has ridden one hundred and three winners so far this season.

Angland is having a good season with thirty-four winners while Zahar has ridden three since arriving last month for a short term contract.

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