Star South Aussie sprinter Behemoth ready to return with new hoop

Kayla Crowther will pilot Behemoth for the first time in more than two years when the David Jolly-trained gun sprinter returns alongside fellow SA star Dalasan in next Saturday’s Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.

The talented hoop was in the saddle when Behemoth had a look around Murray Bridge between races on Saturday as the six-year-old enjoyed one of his final tune ups for his return.

Crowther hasn’t ridden Behemoth under race conditions since his second career start, finishing runner up in a Gawler maiden.

Behemoth has gone on to become one of South Australia’s best gallopers since then, highlighted by a pair of Group 1 wins in the Memsie Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke last spring.

Todd Pannell has been the regular jockey for the son of All Too Hard when he races in his home state but the leading rider has been booked to ride either Beau Rossa or Ironclad for Will Clarken.

It opened the door for Crowther to get her chance.

“We are happy to have her on,” Jolly said.

“She has done a lot of work on him already, mostly behind the scenes but has had the one race ride on him.

“Todd is already booked for one of Will’s so it gave her an opportunity.

“I was very happy with him (Behemoth).

“We just wanted to give him a bit of a gallop even though he trialled on Monday. It was pretty straightforward and should have him ready for Saturday.”

Behemoth won the Group 3 Spring Stakes convincingly last year before going on to claim a Group 1 double in Victoria.

Jolly plans to follow a similar program this year through the spring and Saturday will be the only run Behemoth in his home state before heading across to Victoria to defend his Memsie Stakes crown.

Behemoth is currently the $4.50 favourite with TAB for the Memsie Stakes while he shares top billing in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at $8 alongside Behemoth.

A full list of nominations for the Spring Stakes will be released on Monday morning with Dalasan also expected to be among them.

The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained five-year-old was last seen finishing third in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April.

Originally published asKayla Crowther to get Spring Stakes chance

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