The team behind Group 1 gun Behemoth have urged The Everest slot holders to lock in the in-form sprinter soon or risk seeing him staying south of the border to target Melbourne’s spring riches.
Managing owner Sam Lyons says his Grand Syndications group is keen to have a deal locked away by this week after discussing the $15 million sprint with trainer David Jolly.
Behemoth, a $6000 bargain buy, put his name at the top of the list for one of the remaining The Everest slots after notching up another Group 1 win last weekend.
The South Australian gelding added the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to his Memsie Stakes triumph with a dominant performance at Caulfield on Saturday.
Memsie Stakes ✅
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ✅
Top weight, no worries. What can you say about this beast? Behemoth, aptly named, is a star. pic.twitter.com/aq2fDUJHUI
It brought about preliminary discussions with slot holders for The Everest but no deal had been locked in.
With starts in the Toorak Handicap (October 10) and Cantala Stakes (October 31) still high on the agenda, Lyons was keen to get a deal sorted soon.
“From our point of view we would like to get things locked away fairly quickly because we still have targets in Melbourne,” Lyons said.
“A lot of these sprinters they might be looking at are just auditioning every week but it is not something we aimed our horse at.
“It is a race now that we think we have the perfect horse for, but he also has targets in Melbourne which he is in the middle of.
“He is unbeaten this preparation with two Group 1s and with two possible Group 1s to come that he is favourite for.
“We don’t want to be messing around too much with the hope of getting in The Everest so we would certainly be looking to have it sorted by this week.”
Bookies still list Behemoth as a $26 outsider for The Everest despite his recent Group 1 successes however both of those wins have come over 1400m.
Behemoth was brilliant in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Supplied
He would be stepping back to the 1200m on The Everest day at Randwick on October 17 and would head to the race a month between runs if he was to earn a slot.
“We would want to go to the race off that run in the Rupert Clarke and it is actually the perfect step for him, a month between runs, back to 1200m,” Lyons said.
“The way David (Jolly) trains him he will go back to Goolwa and head across to Platinum Park with Brad Widdup and go from there if he gets the slot.”
Jolly confirmed Behemoth had pulled up well from his latest Group 1 assault where he carried a record setting 60kg in the Rupert Clarke Stakes but still blew his rivals away.
“We trotted him up Sunday morning and ate up everything so he seems to have come through the run fine,” Jolly said.
“We will consider our options for him now but certainly it (The Everest) is an option now.”
Late on Monday the TAB reported a bet of $4500 on Behemoth at $26 for a collect of $117,000 and he has now tightened into $15.
Originally published asThe ‘perfect horse’ for The Everest still chasing a slot
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