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Corstens happy to put Ranting faith in Dee

Craig Williams' suspension last weekend left connections of two Group 1 hopefuls, Ranting and Behemoth, searching for new jockeys for their horses, but those respective searches were somewhat different.

For Sam Lyons, managing owner of G1 Futurity Stakes favourite Behemoth, who will carry 59kg, he could just about take his pick as jockeys queued up for the ride.

For Troy Corstens, the trainer of G1 Oakleigh Plate hopeful Ranting, he had to find a jockey to ride at 50kg.

Lyons ultimately booked Damien Oliver to steer Behemoth to what he hopes will be a third G1 for the South Australian gelding, whilst Corstens landed Michael Dee for Ranting.

"It's not fantastic (to lose Williams) but luckily for me, the second that Craig Williams got suspended, Travis Johnstone (Dee's manager) texted me, so it was pretty easy," Corstens said.

"I like Mick Dee quite a lot. He doesn't ride for me a hell of a lot but that's not for any particular reason, it's just because the other boys ride a lot of work for me.

"He's ridden a G1 winner for (owner) Rupert Legh, I think he's a very capable jockey, he rides 50kg quite easily, so it was a really good fit."

The main difference with Dee picking up the ride so late is that he will go into Saturday's race having not sat on the horse previously, after Williams rode him in a trial last Friday.

"Craig learned a hell of a lot about the horse last week when he trialed him and he felt the acceleration beneath him and you can harness that when you're in a race and use it," Corstens said.

"Mick wouldn't have felt that, but he is easily a top 10 Victorian jockey and there's not one in the top 10 that you wouldn't put on.

"He's a really good rider and he rides a hell of a lot for Mick Price and Mick Price doesn't put dills on."

While Lyons is more than happy with Oliver, who has ridden more than 100 G1 winners, he still made inquiries to connections of Mr Quickie to see if they'd potentially release Jamie Kah to take the ride on Behemoth.

"We spoke to a few managers and chased up a couple checking availability … we just got to ask the question," Lyons said on the Moody On The Mic podcast which is co-hosted by two of Mr Quickie's owners, Peter Moody and Anthony Mithen.

"We saw who was available and had a bit of a chat, (trainer) David Jolly and I, and had a look at the Caulfield stats and who we thought would be best suited to the horse."

"Ollie (Damien Oliver) was obviously the standout, the 1400m there at Caulfield is a bit of a happy hunting ground for him and the good thing is, he's (already) got a ride in The All-Star Mile, so no tricky decisions to make if he wins on him."