Goolwa trainer David Jolly claimed he had classy galloper Behemoth exactly where he wanted him, after tuning up for a Victorian campaign with an emphatic win in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.
Jolly said he could not fault the five-year old after his impressive return to racing, and the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on August 29 is expected to be his next mission.
“I’m really happy with him and he had done everything right coming into this,” Jolly said. “He had a lovely trial the other day and he has come up super.
“I’m looking forward to getting him to Melbourne.”
After being a little tardy out of the barrier, Behemoth pushed forward to midfield, before unleashing a strong run, to get to the lead at the 200m and charge clear.
Dalasan, having his first run since finishing second in the South Australian Derby – having won the Chairman’s Stakes and Port Adelaide Guineas at his previous two starts – followed Behemoth into the straight and did a superb job to run second.
“He had the perfect run, a trouble-free run,” Jolly said.
“We took the barrier blanket off him today and while he was a tad slow out, he got a lovely drag up behind them.
“This was the first time he has raced over six furlongs first-up, which suited him. The other races first-up have been shorter.”
Behemoth and Todd Pannell charge to victory in the Spring Stakes. Picture: Atkins PhotographySource:Supplied
While Jolly said his preference was to run Behemoth in the Memsie Stakes, he will also nominate the gelding for the Leon Macdonald Stakes, previously known as the Penny Edition Stakes, over 1400m at Morphettville in two weeks.
“We will look closely at the Memsie based on today’s performance,” Jolly said.
“If he did not do that today, we would have looked at the Penny Edition.
“We will see if he needs another run here before going over to Melbourne, but at this stage I’m gearing him up for the mile races. Once he goes over, he will stay there.”
The other notable effort in the Spring Stakes was the run of third-placed Kemalpasa, who was having his first run since emerging from the R N Irwin Stakes at Morphettville in April with an injury.
The gelding was restricted to just the one race last preparation because of a pulled muscle behind the shoulder.
Originally published asBehemoth takes giant strides towards Memsie
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