SOUTH Australian Group 1 aspirants did not disappoint at Morphettville on Saturday with Spring Stakes winner Behemoth impressing while there was also plenty to like about the run of runner-up Dalasan.
Trainer David Jolly gave Behemoth horse a few hours on the grass on Sunday and said it was onwards and upwards heading to Melbourne with Group 1 goals.
“We’re looking forward to him going to Melbourne in a couple of weeks and tackling the Memsie,” Jolly said.
“He’s really improved mentally and physically, more mentally.
“The travelling he did, going to Sydney, the light autumn really helped.”
Craig Williams will ride Behemoth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, while Williams is also reportedly booked for exciting SA filly Instant Celebrity when she steps out in Melbourne for the Phillip Stokes stable.
Aside of the big two the Spring Stakes looks a very good form race going forward.
Kemalpasa was back to his best running into third spot, there was plenty to like about the runs of Fox Hall and Rainmoth, while Balf’s Choice was doing his best work late.
Behemoth’s Spring Stakes success was almost overshadowed by an impressive track gallop by Everest-bound Gytrash.
Jockey Jason Holder said the horse had come back better than ever.
Top jockey Barend Vorster took riding honours with a treble – two wins for bosses Tony and Calvin McEvoy before landing the final race on the card with Sonic Deed.
Calvin McEvoy said TRSA’s Dare To Dream horse Blow Torch could be headed towards next month’s Balaklava Cup while unbeaten filly Celestine is likely to step up in class against some nice three-year-old fillies in Melbourne.
SA also had success interstate with Handsome Return winning the Katherine Cup in style on Saturday afternoon. Connections will be thinking what might have been, as the Port Augusta Cup winner was scratched at the starting gates prior to the Darwin Cup before bouncing back in style.
Meanwhile apprentice Lizzie Annells farewelled SA racing with her first riding double at Port Augusta on Sunday.
Annells is headed to Alice Springs to be based with Scott Westover as she tries to progress her riding career.