By Glenn Davis
As a jockey, Darren Beadman loved winning and breaking records and now he’s poised to add his name in the history books as a trainer with It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 Doomben Cup.
Beadman, who was recently named interim trainer of the powerful Godolphin stable following John O’Shea’s shock resignation, is chasing a Doomben Cup record held only by former champion jockey Maurice McGarten.
McGarten won three Doomben Cups as a rider aboard Pentheus (1933), Whittington (1934) and Beaulivre (1940) before going on to train a Doomben Cup winner, Tossing, in 1952.
Beadman was at the height of his riding career winning his only Doomben Cup on the Gai Waterhouse-trained Juggler in 1996.
He gets the chance to join McGarten as the only person to ride and train a Doomben Cup winner aboard It’s Somewhat (pictured) for the Blue Army in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature.
A Doomben Cup win from It’s Somewhat will also provide Beadman with his first Group 1 win as a trainer.
It’s Somewhat is aiming to maintain his unblemished record this campaign in the Doomben Cup after claiming the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick and Group 2 Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast for O’Shea.
The four-year-old, who will be ridden by James Doyle, has pleased Beadman since and should get the run of the race after drawing perfectly in barrier six.
“He galloped very well at the Gold Coast this week and appears to have retained his fitness since the Hollindale,” Beadman said.
“He always gives 100 per cent and he still seems to have some freshness in his legs.”
It’s Somewhat is racing in superior form this year compared to 12 months ago when he ran fifth in the Hollindale Stakes and third in the Doomben Cup.
In latest markets with UBet, It’s Somewhat is a $4.00 favourite ahead of Victorian Articus at $4.60.
Articus and stablemate Star Exhibit ($11.00) secured a Doomben Cup start after gaining a flight to Melbourne on Wednesday.
Articus was due to start in the Hollindale Stakes but missed a flight north and stayed at home where he won the Chairman’s Club Handicap (1800m) at Flemington on May 6.
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