Legendary jockey coming to Grafton for July Racing Carnival
RETIRED champion jockey Darren Beadman, one of the greats of the Australian turf, will be special guest at the Clarence River Jockey Club's historic July Racing Carnival.
In a major boost to the $1 million carnival, Beadman, 50, who is currently employed as assistant trainer to John O'Shea for global powerhouse, Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation, indicated the stable would target major races during the carnival.
"I'm really looking forward to coming up to Grafton," Beadman said. "I don't think I ever rode in Grafton but being up there for the carnival should be great.
"John (O'Shea) said he is likely to support the carnival and it will be nice to be part of it."
Beadman will be guest speaker at the Ramornie-Grafton Cup barrier draw luncheon held at the racecourse on Monday, July 6. Tickets are available by contacting the race club.
Since his days as an apprentice for legendary mentor and trainer Theo Green, Beadman carved out a career second to none in Australian history.
He was forced into premature retirement in February, 2012, following a horrendous fall when the horse he was riding broke both of its legs at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong.
Beadman suffered a diffuse axonal brain injury and a broken cheekbone from the fall.
He underwent a long and arduous recovery and rehabilitation in Hong Kong and back home in Sydney.
The official launch of the 2015 July Racing Carnival will take place at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Saturday, May 30.
The event will showcase Grafton Shoppingworld's 'Fashions for the Carnival' and live entertainment from the Funk Thieves. Tickets are $25 available from Clarence River Jockey Club on 6642 2566.
ABOUT DARREN BEADMAN
IN 2007 at age 41 Darren Beadman was the youngest jockey ever to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and first to do so while still active.
Major achievements: Sydney Jockeys' premiership (7); Record for most wins in a Sydney season: 164 (2006-07); Group 1 wins - 94.
Rides Beadman lists as his major wins:
Melbourne Cup: Kingston Rule (1990), Saintly (1996).
Cox Plate: Saintly (1996).
Golden Slipper: Inspired (1984), Guineas (1997).
ATC Australian Derby: Octagonal (1996), Headturner (2006), Fiumicino (2007).
The BMW: Octagonal (1996), Tuesday Joy (2008), Fiumicino (2009).
Doncaster Mile: Super Impose (1991).
Epsom Handicap: Regal Native (1988), Super Impose (1991), Navy Seal (1994).
Sydney Cup: Mahtoum (2005).
Australian Cup: Let's Elope (1992), Saintly (1996), Lonhro (2003).
George Ryder Stakes: Ravarda (1996), Lonhro (2003-04).