Darren Beadman Jockey Australian Jockey
Darren Beadman Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Darren Beadman so impressed the powers that be in Australia’s racing community that he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, the first jockey to do so whilst still in the game.
He also was the youngest jockey ever to be inducted, being 45 years of age at the time. Darren Beadman Jockey
When we last examined him in 2011, he was enjoying having returned from what some would have declared a premature retirement in 1997 to pursue a career in ministry.
Those same would now perhaps say that he would have been well advised to stay retired, since his career came to a final conclusion as the result of all things, a barrier trial in Hong Kong where his horse broke both legs and very nearly killed Beadman.
Darren Beadman Born In 1965
Darren Beadman came into the world on 17 November 1965.
He first gained attention in his first season, winning the Apprentice Jockeys’ premiership in 1982-83 and then finishing second in that category in the next two seasons.
In 1984, he won Australia’s most prestigious race for two-year-olds, the Golden Slipper Stakes whilst piloting Inspired. Thirteen years later, he would win the Slipper again aboard Guineas.
It was in only his third try that he captured what many Hall of Fame jockeys before him had failed to do over an entire career when he won the Melbourne Cup aboard Kingston Rule in 1990.
Saintly And Beadman
Years later, he was riding Saintly at the behest of Bart Cummings when that horse produced one of the rare Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup doubles.
Darren Beadman was on top for some of Super Imposed’s remarkable victories, including an Epson-Doncaster Handicap double in 1991.
He also had the privilege of guiding Octagonal on many occasions.
Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership in 1994-95
In winning the Sydney Jockeys’ Premiership in 1994-95, Beadman won an astounding 186 times. He repeated the premiership the following season, just prior to dropping a bombshell on the racing public by declaring that he was stepping down from the saddle to ascend the pulpit as a Christian minister.
Only in his early 30s at the time, he had already laid claim to 46 Group 1 wins. When he returned in 2000, he would pad that figure with an additional 33 Group 1 wins.
He would say, and certainly most would agree, that the most significant horse he rode since his return would have to be Lonhro. They first paired up in spring on 2002. Darren Beadman would be aboard for 24 of Lonhro’s final 25 starts, during which time they won multiple Group 1 races.
Darren Beadman padded his credentials with two more consecutive Sydney Jockeys’ premierships from 2002 to 2004.
Beadman Wins 143 Races 2004 - 05 Season
He would record no fewer than 143 wins in 2004-05, and just when you thought he could go no further, he won 153 times the following season.
Updated totals since we last checked in with Beadman are as follows: 1458 wins, 2170 second and thirds from just under 8,000 starts.
He accounts for well beyond $130 million in prize money, with just over $6 million for his last season of riding. He is credited with 44 Group 1 wins, 28 of which were from New South Wales, 7 from Victoria, 1 from Queensland and 8 from Hong Kong.
Darren Beadman seems to have had a marked preference for Canterbury, that track accounting for almost 300 of his wins, followed by Rosehill with over 200.
He has at time had something of a reputation for taking a holiday during unimportant races, but the statistics give the lie to that claim. He has had so many, 370 to be exact, meetings where he has won either two, three or four times.
Darren Beadman’s three year ministerial hiatus could reasonably be said to have cost him at least 300 wins.
The accident that put the end to his career came along when it could reasonably be conjectured that he still had two or three seasons left to him.
At any rate, speculation is of no use at this point. Darren Beadman’s achievements on the track more than speak for themselves.
If he remains associated with racing in some other capacity, it would be safe to assume that he will again contribute generously to the Sport of Kings.