David Jolly is hoping to kick start a busy week with a successful afternoon on his home track at Strathalbyn today.
While dual Group 1 winner Behemoth’s Futurity Stakes mission in Melbourne on Saturday is a major focus for the Goolwa horseman, he has some strong chances at Strathalbyn, led by Dawn Salute, who resumes from a spell on the back of a strong jump-out win there last Thursday.
Dawn Salute has won two of 11 starts including a Morphettville victory last August.
“I’m happy with him,” Jolly said.
“He’s come through two short jump-outs and a longer one well.
“He’s a fringe Saturday horse and should run well there.”
At Strathalbyn today he also has former Victorian stayer Mount Madeira, who gets out beyond 2000m after again working to the line strongly behind Eperdument in the Strathalbyn Cup last time out.
“He got a bit out of his ground and I thought he ran really well in the Cup. He was a probably a little bit out of his class,” Jolly said.
“He’s only a little fella and Maggie (Collett) had been riding him to try and keep the weight off his back, but Todd Pannell is on (today).
“He’s had a good run with the connections with Andrea Mantegna. Mount Madeira is he’s busting to win a race.”
Jolly will have a couple of runners at Port Lincoln on Sunday, led by Bajan, who bypassed the Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival.
He’s hoping a return to the West Coast can spark a return to form. After Bajan won there in 2019 he won three of his next five starts.
“He was going ordinary before he went over their last time,” Jolly said.
“He won and came back then went gangbusters.
“He was probably going worse last time we took him over. I’m not sure what happened or what the trip away did to bring him on, but last time it really switched him on so hopefully it can work again.”
And he said a return to form could see the horse line up in next month’s Port Lincoln Cup.
“The plan is to run Sunday and then maybe the Cup over there,” Jolly said.
“He needs speed in his races, when you get to those trips and you don’t get the speed he can be aggressive.
“Usually there is good speed in those races over there so hopefully that happens and he can regain form.”