Darren Beadman likes his chances of parlaying midweek success into an even more significant victory before he completes his first week in charge of Godolphin’s Australian stable.
Named to replace John O’Shea as interim trainer for Godolphin’s string of racehorses from last Monday, Beadman trained his first winner for the global stable on Wednesday.
And the former champion jockey insists there is no reason why he can’t build on Malahat’s Canterbury win when he saddles up two runners in the Scone Cup.
Beadman will start Moher and Duca Valentinois in the $200,000 Scone Cup on Friday and both are rated among the main dangers to the early favourite Fabrizio.
Moher chased home Fabrizio when he filled the quinella spot in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup, prompting Beadman to declare the four-year-old ready to turn the tables.
“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,” Beadman said.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Moher at Hawkesbury and he keeps the ride with Melbourne jockey Michael Dee on Duca Valentinois.
Moher is a $6 chance with his stablemate at $7 as Fabrizio holds down favouritism at $4.60.
Duca Valentinois was trapped off the course at Hawkesbury before finishing down the track and Beadman expects the import to do better at Scone.
“The draw is the key to this horse,” he said.
“He had a torrid run in the Hawkesbury Cup, but he should be able to get nice cover from a good gate here.
“The run has brought him on nicely and I think he’ll certainly look the winner at some stage.”
Duca Valentinois has drawn best of the two Godolphin runners in gate five, directly outside Fabrizio.
Fabrizio produced a form reversal in winning at Hawkesbury after failing first-up on a rain-affected track at Randwick.
Last year’s Scone Cup winner Pajaro is an $11 chance with Luxbet to do it again.