Behemoth Looms Large for Group 1 Memsie Stakes

Mon 17th August 2020

Trainer David Jolly has confirmed talented South Australian sprinter Behemoth will head to Melbourne to line up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on the 29th of August.

The galloper produced an impressive first up performance to beat home Dalasan in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in comfortable fashion.

David Jolly was full of praise for the $6000 yearling purchase, who has since amassed some $816,000 of prizemoney for connections.

“He’s come back really well and we’re pleased with the result on Saturday”, he told RSN.

“After he had gone a furlong he was in that lovely rhythm…they were motoring along a bit so you knew he was going to get a good tow up into the race, so just worked out perfectly”

He confirmed that the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) was the next assignment, and that it would serve as a roadmap for the rest of the spring, depending on Behemoth’s performance.

“We were quietly confident we’d be going to the Memsie, but obviously you sort of want to see the horse do it first up … he’s fairly forward at this stage so we’d probably be happy to have a go there,” he said.

“I think the horse has improved… if he runs in the Memsie then we’d probably decide if he takes the Handicap course, or the Weight For Age course based on that… I think going over and running in the Memsie might give us a bit of a lead on where to run next”.

Behemoth has firmed into an $8 chance for the Memsie Stakes on August 29th, with Savatiano ($4.50), Showmanship ($6), Arcadia Queen ($6.50) and Mystic Journey ($6.50) ahead of him in the market.

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