Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes)

The Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) is a Group 3 event held at Morphettville Racecourse in August as a potential Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up.

2024 Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Spring Stakes (SAJC)now run as the Behemoth Stakes – is a Group 3 sprinting event held at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse in August each year and is run by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).

Kicking off the minor Spring Racing Carnival in Adelaide, the Spring Stakes is an exciting weight-for-age sprint raced over 1200m for a total purse of $150,000 as of 2024.

For months after the Spring Stakes attracts a quality line-up of mainly local hopefuls mixed with interstate visitors looking for an early Black-Type to kick off their spring campaigns in. While increasingly the interstate horses make the trek, it is the local sprinters who really step up to the plate and boast a commanding record in the Spring Stakes results.

Recently the form out of the Morphettville Spring Stakes held up in Melbourne when local hope Dollar For Dollar (2018) went on to to run second in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). The 2018 Spring Stakes winner Dollar For Dollar also placed third in the following year’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane.

In 2019 the Spring Stakes winner Dalasan travelled to Melbourne next start and won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He also went on to run second in the following year’s Group 1 SA Derby in 2020. Further franking the form out of the Spring Stakes results in 2019 was the runner-up Scales Of Justice who won Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) next start.

In 2020 the Spring Stakes winner Behemoth went on to win both the Memsie Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Group 1 level.

Behemoth returned in 2021 to officially secure back-to-back Spring Stakes victories after claiming the Group 3 on protest. Behemoth again completed the Spring Stakes – Memsie Stakes double in 2021 having earlier run third in that autumn’s then $5 million The All-Star Mile.

In 2023 the Spring Stakes was been renamed in honour of Behemoth and known as the Behemoth Stakes.

The Spring Stakes 2024 runs on Saturday, August 10, 2024 at Morphettville Racecourse as the Behemoth Stakes. 

Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes)
Date: Saturday, August 10, 2024
Track: Morphettville
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2024 Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2024 Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) Betting Odds

The season’s leading Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) 2024 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

The race’s now namesake Behemoth ($2.50 in 2020 and $1.65 in 2021) – who went back-to-back after winning his second on protest – and See You In Heaven ($2.15 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Spring Stakes / Behemoth Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2024 Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) Field

The official Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) 2024 Field & Barriers will be published below once final acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week.

2024 Behemoth Stakes (Spring Stakes) Nominations

Early Behemoth Stakes (SAJC Spring Stakes) 2024 nominations close the Monday of race week.

Spring Stakes / Behemoth Stakes History

Redelva won the inaugural edition of the Spring Stakes in 1988, and then went on to win the race for the next two years. Redelva remains the only horse to seize three straight victories in the Spring Stakes. This compares to Hero Wind, who has also won three Spring Stakes, but not consecutively (1994, 1995, 1997).

There is a Group 3 race held in Newcastle that shares its name with the Morphettville Spring Stakes, although that is a mile event for three year olds run under set weight conditions.

Punters use Spring Stakes results for form guidance during the remainder of the spring in Adelaide. Because major racing tapers off, those quality sprinters who will be staying home for the season tend to seek nomination in the Spring Stakes.

Notable Spring Stakes winners include Black Rouge (1992), Super Elegant (2005), Rebel Raider (2010), Happy Trails (2012), Dollar For Dollar (2018), Dalasan (2019), and subsequent Group 1 Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double winner Behemoth (2020, 2021) who the race was renamed in honour of in 2023.

Behemoth won the 2021 Spring Stakes on protest over first-past-the-post Beau Rossa after copping interference.

Spring Stakes and Behemoth Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Spring Stakes / Behemoth Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Behemoth Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2023
Behemoth Stakes
1st See You In Heaven 1 minute 14.14 seconds
2nd Savatoxl
3rd Manhatten Times
2022
Spring Stakes
1st Calypso Reign 1 minute 13.94 seconds
2nd Pindaric
3rd Pimm’s Party
2021
Spring Stakes
1st Behemoth (On Protest) 1 minute 13.24 seconds
2nd Beau Rossa
3rd Ritratto
2020
Spring Stakes
1st Behemoth 1 minute 10.80 seconds
2nd Dalasan
3rd Kemalpasa
2019
Spring Stakes
1st Dalasan 1 minute 10.43 seconds
2nd Scales Of Justice
3rd Waging War
2018
Spring Stakes
1st Dollar For Dollar 1 minute 12.02 seconds
2nd Hard Empire
3rd Inn Keeper
2017
Spring Stakes
1st Mio Dio 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Lord Aspen
3rd Casino Wizard
2016
Spring Stakes
1st Beirut 1 minute 13.5 seconds
2nd Riziz
3rd Rocket Commander
2015
Spring Stakes
1st Red Eclipse 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Whitlam
3rd Richie’s Vibe
2014
Spring Stakes
1st Riziz 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Light It Up
3rd Karacatis
2013
Spring Stakes
1st Just Discreet 1 minute 12.8 seconds
2nd Meliora
3rd Golden Penny
2012
Spring Stakes
1st Happy Trails 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd Gossip Girl
3rd Southern Speed
2011
Spring Stakes
1st Uxorious 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Periduki
3rd Valentine Miss
2010
Spring Stakes
1st Rebel Raider 1 minute 15.1 seconds
2nd Xaieta
3rd Likable Will
2009
Spring Stakes
1st Midnight Mustang 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Magical Pearl
3rd Cerberus Gal
2008
Spring Stakes
1st El Maze 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Sensational Toy
3rd Niconero
2007
Spring Stakes
1st Zupaone 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Amyjaye Power
3rd El Maze
2006
Spring Stakes
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Shablec
3rd Bruges
2005
Spring Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Fly For Me
3rd Squillani
2004
Spring Stakes
1st Sky CUddle 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Squillani
3rd Zip Zip Aray
2003
Spring Stakes
1st Squillani 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Nadema
3rd Lawsons Storm
2002
Spring Stakes
1st Strategic Image 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Romilada
3rd Star Hit
2001
Spring Stakes
1st Flavour 1 minute 16.2 seconds
2nd Spice Doll
3rd Star Hit
2000
Spring Stakes
1st Spice Doll 1 minute 15.2 seconds
2nd Hand Pass
3rd Euclase Pat

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