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

South Australian trainer David Jolly with Behemoth preparing for the world's richest horse race, The Everest.
South Australian trainer David Jolly with Behemoth preparing for the world's richest horse race, The Everest.

It's a long way from Goolwa on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula to Royal Randwick.

But that exactly the path one runner in the world's richest horse race has taken.

Goolwa, where the mighty Murray River and the Southern Ocean meet, is home to Behemoth - one of the 12 horses competing in The Everest on Saturday.

The Everest is a 1200m sprint at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse carrying prize money of $15 million.

David Jolly, who boasts a 25-year career as a horse trainer, believes his horse 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," 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 season 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 week preparing for the race.

"Now we are in the race, we are here to win it," Jolly, who has been training horses at Goolwa for the 10 years, said.

"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 with Behemoth. Hopefully this continues."

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