Goolwa trainer David Jolly takes on the best sprinters in the $15 million The Everest

FOCUS: Goolwa trainer David Jolly with Behemoth preparing for the world's richest horse race, The Everest.
FOCUS: Goolwa trainer David Jolly with Behemoth preparing for the world's richest horse race, The Everest.

Goolwa-trained horse Behemoth, will compete in the world's richest horse race this Saturday (October 17), The Everest.

The Everest is billed as the 'world's richest race on turf' with 12 of the fastest horses competing over a distance of 1200 metres at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, for prize money totalling $15 million.

David Jolly has been training race horses for 25 years, and the Goolwa trainer said the horse was in "perfect" condition for the race.

"From a financial perspective it is the biggest race I have been part of. It is not a Group 1, but a very high profile race with elite sprinters," Mr Jolly said.

"I love training this horse and I am blessed it is owned by Grand Syndicates, as they are brilliant to work for, especially Sam Lyons.

"I have been training Behemoth for the past three seasons and won two Group 1 races in 2020, so the form is good... Goolwa is the perfect place to train horses. We have the beach, the river and the Strathalbyn racecourse for gallops. If I came back as a race horse, I would want to be here."

Behemoth has been in New South Wales for the past seven days preparing for the race and Mr Jolly said "now we are in the race, we are here to win it".

Mr Jolly has been training horses at Goolwa for the past 10 years and has approximately 25 horses in training and said he appreciates working with a horse the calibre of Behemoth.

"This is what you train horses for, to get to this level. I am savouring the moment," he said.

"We have a great team involved with all the horses and had a trouble free run in the build up to The Everest. I hope this continues."

Mr Jolly has had great success training horses with many Group 1 wins and placings along the journey, but he said training five winners on Vignerons Day in 2018 at Strathalbyn was a highlight.

"That was special, because it is the big local day of racing. We train there and have a good relationship with the Strathalbyn Racing Club."

Come Saturday, the trainer from Goolwa may have another thrill, as his five-year-old gelding attempts to claim The Everest.

The Everest field for 2020 is Haut Brion Her, Nature Strip, Classique Legend, Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane, Bivouac, Behemoth, Tofane, Trekking, Eduardo, Libertini and Dollar For Dollar. (Aquis)

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