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Allergic makes it 19 out of 20 for Beadman

Mike Hedge

A perfectly executed plan was matched by a typically honest performance by Allergic to win the Listed McKell Cup at Randwick on Saturday.

Allergic (Darren Beadman/Josh Parr) gave weight all round but still came from last at the 600m to round up the leaders with 300m to run and then cruised away to score by 1-1/4 lengths and register the eighth win of his career.

“On paper he looked to be badly off at the weights, but his main dangers were all out of the handicap, so it wasn’t too bad,” said trainer Darren Beadman.

Allergic’s win made it three for the day for Beadman and was his 19th winner in his 20 days as Godolphin’s interim Australian trainer. 

Jockey Josh Parr gave Allergic as much time as he needed to establish a rhythm before making what turned out to be a winning move.

“We wanted to give him time and get him comfortable, all I needed was something to take me into the race and it turned out to be our stablemate Big Blue,” Parr said.

“I was a long way off them, but he showed a bit of class to pick them up as quickly as he did.”

While Allergic scored the most important Godolphin win of the day in Australia, it may well be the success of the two-year-old Kementari in the non-graded Seven News Plate that proves more momentous.

Kementari (Darren Beadman/Tye Angland), who was having second start, outclassed his rivals, scoring by four lengths from Easy Go Easy Win.

“He’s shown us plenty of promise at home and even though this was an off-season two-year-old race, he’s clearly got his share of ability,” Beadman said.

Kementari, a son of Lonhro, is a half-brother to the handy Telperion and is from the family of the Stakes winners So Gorgeous, Wild Queen and Cumbria.

The daily treble was completed by Rillito (Darren Beadman/Andrew Mallyon) who scored a comfortable victory in the non-graded Elaren Handicap at Sandown in Melbourne.