Behemoth set for Bigger and Better Autumn Campaign

Thu 26th November 2020

Spring star Behemoth is resuming work next week to put in the preparation towards a big autumn campaign.

Connections are keen to see the dual-Group 1 winner pick up where he left off, after a dominant breakout spring saw him take out the 2020 Memsie Stakes, the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, as well as competing in the 2020 The Everest.

Sam Lyons from Grand Syndications has confirmed that the talented gelding would be targeted towards the Futurity Stakes (1400m) and the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, as well as a possible tilt at the All-Star Mile (1600m).

“He’s unbeaten at Caulfield over the 1400m and he’s won the two Group 1s during the spring, so it makes sense to aim him up at them (the Futurity and Orr) at weight for age in the autumn,” Lyons said.

“(Trainer) Dave (Jolly) is really happy with how he’s spelled. He’s done a good job, kept him nice and close to home.

“We don’t want him to get too big. He will come home, carry a bit of residual (weight) and he will give David the freedom to not have to turn the screws on him too hard, too quickly.

“He will take him nice and slow and get him to where he needs to be.”

“I’d like to think he naturally going to have the profile and the following to give him every chance to get into a race like The All-Star Mile,” Lyons said.

“He’s got a cult following being the big horse that he is and coming from South Australia. Those guys will get behind him too.

“And no offence to Man Of His Word, but if we could get Man Of His Word into the first All-Star Mile then we should be able to find a way to get in a multiple Group 1 winner in there.”

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