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Big Behemoth ticks all boxes in gallop

Star South Australian galloper Behemoth ticked all the required boxes in his final piece of work at Strathalbyn this morning ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

The last-start Durbridge Stakes winner is right where trainer David Jolly wants him, returning to the scene of his two Group 1 victories in the Memsie and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over the Futurity trip during the spring.

“He looked pretty happy, I can’t fault him,” Jolly said.

Jolly said it was a solid hit-out for the horse, who returns to Melbourne for a clash with star Kiwi mare Probabeel, the pair sharing favouritism at $3.50 in all-in betting with tab.com.au.

“He worked with Bajan, they both worked pretty well,” Jolly said.

“It was better work. The other day he dropped the other horse coming up the hill – sometimes they can do that at Strath, lose a bit of concentration. But this morning was a little bit different.”

Most pleasing has been having three weeks between runs and Jolly’s ability to tighten the screws ahead of his Caulfield return.

“He had a little blow before the Durbridge, but after he did what he did, I was pretty happy,” Jolly said.

“He’s had three nice solid gallops since then. I’m happy with where he sits knowing he’s got some improvement. He’s where I want him to be – he’s still got a little bit to come.

“He’s probably not quite where he was heading over there last time but knowing we’ve got the trip over and then heading to mile I think he’s in good place.”

Jolly said the most pleasing aspect of Behemoth’s first-up win had been just how well he settled in the run which will prove vital stepping up in distance as he heads towards the $5m All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley.

“He’s matured again this time around,” Jolly said.

“His racing manners are much better then what they used to be.”

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