He’s a Winner- No Stopping Behemoth

Mark Smith - Saturday September 19

For one magical moment, it looked like Dollar For Dollar and his half-sister Pretty Brazen would fight out a historic 1-2 in Saturday’s Group 1 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield, but down the outside with thundering strides came the menacing presence of the imposing Behemoth.

Behemoth winning Group ones for fun (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Carrying the top-weight of 60kgs under Craig Williams, the in-form son of All Too Hard won almost contemptuously. With ears pricked the David jolly-trained gelding defeated the brave Dollar For Dollar (High Chaparral) by a length with a nose back to Pretty Brazen (Brazen Beau) in third.

Behemoth has started the new season with a bang. He captured the Group III Spring Stakes at Morphettville on August 15 before adding the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over the same course and distance of the Rupert Clarke on August 29.

It was a sixth win in the race for Williams following Barely A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010), Toorak Toff (2011) and Stratum Star (2015).


"It's a special race for my family as Dad won it as a jockey and as a trainer," Williams said.

"We had a challenge carrying 60 kilos but it was on a 56 kilo minimum. He was the best horse in the race and he made my job easy.

"It's a credit to David Jolly and his team and also to Sam Lyons and Grand Syndicates with what they've done with him."

Bred by Walings Bloodstock, Behemoth was a bargain-basement $6,000 purchase by Grand Syndicates out of the Riversdale draft at the 2017 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The son of All Too Hard had previously made $120,000 to the bid of Heritage bloodstock out of the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.

Behemoth a $6,000 Magic Millions yearling

 Behemoth advances his record to 7 wins and 4 seconds from 17 starts with earnings of $1,627,290.

He is the best of two winners from five to race out of the stakes-winning Zedrich mare Penny Banger who is 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 3yo Scissor Kick filly named Danny's Sparkle who was knocked down to Dalziel Bloodstock / Peter Moody Racing / Mitch Freedman Racing for $85,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. She was second at her career debut at Echuca on July 26.


Race Result - Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Gr1 1400m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:23.84
T: D R Jolly J: Craig Williams 60
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
Dollar For Dollar
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Nolen 56.5
8g High Chaparral (IRE) x Pretty Penny (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
High Chaparral
Pretty Brazen
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 54.5
4m Brazen Beau (AUS) x Pretty Penny (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $700,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
Achernar Star
T: L Smith J: J Mott 55.5
6g Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Morine (AUS) (Danetime (IRE))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Korilya Stud Busselton WA
B: Astute Bloodstock
T: L Smith J: D Yendall 56
6h Artie Schiller (USA) x Gibraltar Storm (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Walker 54
3c Lord Kanaloa (JPN) x Vasilissa (JPN) (Heart's Cry (JPN))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Busuttin Racing
T: D T O'Brien J: Jye McNeil 54
4h Written Tycoon (AUS) x Noondie (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $600,000
V:Mill Park Stud Meningie SA
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
Madam Rouge
T: C J Waller J: B Melham 56
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Cabernet (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Mandela Effect
T: Scott Brunton J: C Newitt 56
6g Turffontein (AUS) x Morell (AUS) (West Quest (CAN))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Motree Thoroughbreds Waterhouse Tas
B: Scott Brunton
Age Of Chivalry
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damian Lane 55.5
5g He's Remarkable (NZ) x Onyx (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
B: Henry Plumptre
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $4,000
V:Mapperley Stud Ltd
B: Suncroft Bloodstock
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 58
6g New Approach (IRE) x Falls Of Lora (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 57
4g Sebring (AUS) x Stormy Nova (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR))
Begood Toya Mother
T: Daniel Bowman J: Declan Bates 58
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: M D Moroney J: M J Dee 54
4h Darci Brahma (NZ) x Obsession (NZ) (Bachelor Duke (USA))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $100,000
V:The Oaks Stud
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: D W Stackhouse 58.5
6g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
Debt Agent
T: J T Conlan J: W Egan 54.5
8g Thorn Park (AUS) x Prompt Payment (IRE) (In The Wings (GB))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $120,000
V:Prima Park
B: Cliff Brown Racing
NZB Select Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Mr M Wallace
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