Behemoth to be targeted at The Goodwood

Dual Group 1 gun Behemoth will have a short freshen up before connections prepare to give him his chance to go one better in South Australia’s premier sprint and claim an elusive win in The Goodwood.

Trainer David Jolly had been weighing up the possibility of heading straight to the spring with his talented son of All Too Hard but has elected to give his stable star his third attempt of winning The Goodwood.

Behemoth finished runner up in the 2019 at just his seventh race start before coming from last to grab fourth in the Group 1 last year.

The five-year-old was given a short break after a gutsy performance to finish third behind Mugatoo and Russian Camelot in the $5 million All-Star Mile at The Valley earlier this month.

“He pulled up well after a tough run and he was at the top of his game there but we are happy with the way he has come through it,” Jolly said.

“He is such a tough horse and it is a fair time for him to spell from now until spring.

“We’ve had luck running him in Adelaide before and heading into his races into the spring.

“Provided he stays in good health, we will look at giving him a run or two here with the Goodwood as the main aim.”

The Goodwood will be staged on Saturday, May 15 at Morphettville.

Jolly, who trains out of Goolwa, used a similarly light Adelaide preparation as a bridge to the spring last year with Behemoth and it worked to devastating effect for the stable.

Behemoth went on to capture back-to-back Group 1s in the spring in the Memsie Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield before finishing 10th in The Everest.

The sprinter is currently $51 in 2021 The Everest betting.

Originally published asAll Star placegetter to chase elusive SA major

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