BENNI IN THE AREA is a colt sired by William Longsword and is out of the mare Kilauea (Trippi). Bred by Winterbach Stud, he was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the CTS Ready To Run Sale 2021.

Name: BENNI IN THE AREA
Named By: Benni McCarthy, Bafana Bafana football legend
Name Meaning: This name was chosen by Benni McCarthy, reffering to one of the famous lyrics in the TKZee song “Shibobo / The Final Countdown”. It is a famous South African song, which featured around the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Benni features and raps in the music video. Watch the video here.
Sex: Bay Colt
Sire: William Longsword
Dam: Kilauea
Dam Sire: Trippi (USA)
DOB: 06 October 2019
Breeder: Winterbach Stud
PedigreeSee Here
Trainer: Gary Rich
Record: 18-1-8

UPDATES – BENNI IN THE AREA

May 8th, 2024
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 3rd out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: A good third. He had to work hard from the draw to get over and lead. He is not far from winning.

March 13th, 2024
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 3rd out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: A much improved run from him. He is not far from winning again on the poly.

February 18th, 2024
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 7th out of 8 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He needed the run. May need to drop a few points in the ratings to be competitive.

November 19th, 2023
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 9th out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel he is too high in the ratings. He needs to drop a few pounds to become competitive.

October 15th, 2023
471 – BENNI IN THE AREA showed good speed, stretched out the field and kept finding to shed his maiden tag over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville. Winning Form-sponsored Jockey Richard Fourie rode him to victory and he is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gary Rich. The son of William Longsword was bred by Winterbach Stud and Collins Stud Farm.
Race Replay / Interview.

September 16th, 2023
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Finished 3rd out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: A good run, holding his form well. He is not far from winning a race.

August 16th, 2023
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 2nd out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good second, just found one too good on the day.

July 26th, 2023
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 6th out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Jockey Mgudlwa feels he will be better over 1200m as he will have an easier lead and will not need to be rushed early.

July 9th, 2023
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 4th out of 15 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel the jockey made too much use of him in the early stages of the race. He is not far off from winning.

June 21st, 2023
Raced over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the Polytrack. Finished 5th out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Not a bad run. He could be better over 1200m on the turf.

April 16th, 2023
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 2nd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good second, he was a long way clear of the 3rd horse.

March 29th, 2023
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 5th out of 8 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He is average, but he may pick up a win on the polytrack.

February 26th, 2023
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 2nd out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Confirmed his improvement with a good second. It should not be long before he wins.

December 15th, 2022
Raced over 1000m on the Vaal Classic course. Finished 10th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was disappointing and is also moving to Gary Rich.

December 1st, 2022
Raced over 1000m at the Vaal. Finished 8th out of 15 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Much improved run.

November 6th, 2022
Raced over 1160m at Turffontein on the Standside course. Finished 9th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He has run two disappointing races so far.

August 30th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at the Vaal. Finished 8th out of 13 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He will come on a lot from the run.

March 25th, 2022
The name BENNI IN THE AREA is chosen for this William Longsword colt, after the football legend Benni McCarthy. This comes the lyrics “Benni in the 18 area”, which formed part of the TKZee song The Final Countdown. Benni has joined the Hollywoodbets team at race days, including leading in Mighty Mashona in February 2022.

October 31st, 2021
The Hollywood Syndicate purchased the unnamed William Longsword bay colt out of the dam Kilauea (by Jet Master) at the CTS Ready To Run Sale 2021 (Lot 92). He is bred by Winterbach Stud.