Goolwa trainer David Jolly claims he has talented galloper Behemoth just where he wants him on the eve of his return to racing in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.
The gelding trialled superbly at Balaklava last week and a gallop on Tuesday morning has the stable satisfied with his work in preparation for the 1200m WFA challenge.
“He trialled well and had a few easy days before his gallop this morning,” Jolly said.
“We are happy with him and he looks ready to roll.
“We have got him where we want him for his first start back.”
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Behemoth has also been nominated for a 1200m event at Caulfield on Saturday, but Jolly said his preference was for the five-year old to race at Morphettville.
“I would like it if it is not too wet,” Jolly said.
“We nominated for Melbourne and will watch the weather, but more than likely he will stay home.”
Jolly said he was hopeful Behemoth would measure up to the feature handicap races at the Spring carnival, including the Group 1 Toorak over 1600m at Caulfield on October 10.
Behemoth has also been nominated for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, although Jolly has already said he is unlikely to contest the prized WFA event.
Dalasan will also resume in the Spring Stakes, along with Kemalpasa, Morvada, Fox Hill, Balf’s Choice, Master Chum and Extra Time.
Trainer David Jolly has big plans for Behemoth. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Limited opportunities in Adelaide have prompted Morphettville trainer Jon O’Connor to run last start winner Left Hand Man in Melbourne, either at Caulfield on Saturday or Sandown next Wednesday.
“There is nothing for him here for weeks,” O’Connor said.
“He is a seven furlong horse and you go through the program and there is nothing for him in his rating range.
“He raced well in Victoria last preparation and had the two wins at Pakenham and then was unlucky not to win at Sandown. He has come back where he left off.”
Left Hand Man could face another last-start Morphettville winner at Caulfield with Will Clarken to accept in both Adelaide and Melbourne with Silverhawk.
Clarken said a decision would hinge on Adelaide’s rainfall.
“I like a track quite even and I want to make sure we have a good surface around here,” he said.
“There is a race here the following week as well.”
Originally published asJolly buoyed by big spring hope Behemoth
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