All Too Hard's Gentle Giant Behemoth Puts Them to the Sword in Memsie Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday August 29

If Alligator Blood has been the headline-hogger for All Too Hard, the Vinery stallion has an able deputy in the wonderful Behemoth who made Saturday’s $750,000 Group 1 Magic Millions Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield his own.

As easy as you like for Behemoth in Memsie Stakes (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Given a positive ride by Craig Williams, Behemoth gave nothing else a chance in recording a dominant one and a half length win over the Queensland derby winner Mr Quckie (Shamus Award) with the progressive 3yo Fastnet Rock colt Glenfiddich three-quarters of a length back in third.

It was the first Group 1 in 18 years for Behemoth’s trainer David Jolly and the 60th for Williams.

“I’m here because of the management of ownership group Grand Syndicates and Sam Lyons who gave David Jolly an open book in making this a Group One horse,” Williams said.


“He only had two starts in the autumn with the idea that he would build up to the spring.

“Todd Pannell gave me a really good report on his win in the (Group III) Spring Stakes and David said this was a different horse to the one you on at Moonee Valley and he delivered today.”

A bargain basement $6,000 purchase by Grand Syndicates out of the Riversdale draft at the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Behemoth advances his record to 6 wins and 4 seconds from 16 starts with earnings of $1,324,810.

Behemoth a $6,000 yearling and now a Group 1 winner

Bred by Wallings Bloodstock, Behemoth is the fourth foal and second winner out of the stakes-winning Zedrich mare Penny Banger a half-sister to the Listed stakes-winner and Group 1 WATC Derby third Master Minx (Surtee).

The final foal of Penny Banger is a Scissor Kick filly who was knocked down to Dalziel Bloodstock / Peter Moody Racing / Mitch Freedman Racing for $85,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Named Danny's Sparkle she was second at her career debut at Echuca on July 26.


Race Result - Magic Millions Memsie Stakes Gr1 1400m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:22.71
T: D R Jolly J: Craig Williams 59
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Penny Banger (AUS) (Zedrich (AUS))
All Too Hard
MM National Yearling Sale $6,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: Grand Syndicates
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale Platinum Session $120,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks, NSW
B: Heritage Bloodstock
Mr Quickie
T: P Stokes J: D Dunn 59
5g Shamus Award (AUS) x Special Favour (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Dalziel Racing
T: P G Moody J: C Newitt 50.5
3c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Nothin But A Dream (USA) (First Defence (USA))
Fastnet Rock
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Edinburgh Park Wingham NSW
B: Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford T'breds (FBAA)
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 59
6g New Approach (IRE) x Falls Of Lora (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE))
So Si Bon
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 59
7g So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: R Laing
Begood Toya Mother
T: Daniel Bowman J: Declan Bates 59
6g Myboycharlie (IRE) x Lady Of Helena (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Donnybrook Estates Hunter Valley NSW
B: Daniel Bowman
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: J Mott 59
9g Champs Elysees (GB) x Casual (GB) (Nayef (USA))
Princess Jenni
T: D R Brideoake J: Ethan Brown 57
5m High Chaparral (IRE) x Glitzabeel (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Mr A Ottobre
T: D T O'Brien J: D Moor 59
6h Toorak Toff (AUS) x Gold Lottey (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Mystic Journey
T: Adam Trinder J: W Egan 57
5m Needs Further (AUS) x White Gold (NZ) (Colombia (NZ))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $11,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Adam Trinder
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: B Melham 59
6g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
Regal Power
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 59
5g Pierro (AUS) x Broadway Belle (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: P G Moody J: L Nolen 59
7g Hard Spun (USA) x Stubborn (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
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