Beale Street addresses his travel fears
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
MONTHS ago Doomben trainer Chris Jordan earmarked the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup for the former Sydney-trained galloper Beale Street after the horse was transferred to his stable.
However, the trainer the put the plan aside when connections told him the horse did not travel well.
Last Saturday Beale Street turned in a top cup trial when fifth behind Queensland Derby winner Lachlan River at Eagle Farm, beaten by only three-and-a-half lengths, so Jordan decided to revisit his original plan.
"Ever since nominations for the Lismore Cup were extended, I kept thinking that perhaps I should nominate him," Jordan said.
"I knew it would be a race that would suit him.
"After his run last Saturday, I went back to the connections and suggested we back him up in the cup because it was such a good run.
"As I pointed out, you don't get the chance every day to win a major country cup and it's not that far from Brisbane to Lismore."
Jordan got his way and Beale Street will run with leading Brisbane jockey Michael Cahill in the saddle.
Seeking Cup ride
Cahill was committed to riding the Toowoomba-trained October Grey in the Harvey Norman Big Maiden and was looking for a cup ride.
"Michael's manager, Allan Cowie, rang me and told me Michael was going to Lismore so I jumped at the chance of getting him to ride the horse," Jordan said.
Beale Street had good form in Sydney 12 months ago, which included a second to Zabarra in the Canterbury Cup and a fourth to Saturday Fever in the Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill, beaten by only 1.9 lengths.
It was after his fourth to Lord Of Lords, over 2400 metres at Rosehill last March, that connections decided to spell the horse and then switch him to Jordan.
He has had five starts since over shorter journeys and Jordan says the horse is now ready to step up to the 2100 metres of today's Lismore Cup.