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Behemoth is a big deal for Goolwa

David Jolly goes about his business of training horses with little fuss…. and that’s probably a good thing when you consider his 12 acre racing stable is squeezed between a caravan park and council worksite on the immediate edge of Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Behemoth and Jolly

David Jolly and his champion Behemoth at their Goolwa home base. Pic Bryan Littlely

But Jolly’s first Group 1 successes with what is one of the biggest horses in racing, and one of the industry’s best stories, Behemoth, has thrust the quiet achiever and his racing set up in front of the spotlight.


Bought for just $6000, Behemoth has twice won at the top level of racing, made it to the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest, and amassed a whopping $2.150 million in prize money.


Probably the most appropriately named horse going around, the 17 hand beast is now set for a show at the $5 million All-Star Mile at The Valley, Melbourne, tomorrow and a chance to double its prize money with one 1600m journey.


It’s not called the All-Star Mile for no reason, but despite a stellar field, Behemoth goes into the race with a great chance after a respectable showing in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield last month for fourth.


A win would almost certainly secure naming rights to trainer David Jolly’s 12 acre racing stables on the outskirts of Goolwa for Behemoth.


“There’s a good chance it will be called Behemoth Lodge one day… but you normally only give them that when they’ve finished racing,’’ Jolly says.


“He’s still got a bit of work to do.”


Jolly says Behemoth was truly a good Goolwa and Fleurieu racing industry story, and something of a product of the support he got from his local town.


With the David Jolly Racing stables right on the western edge of Goolwa, and Jolly’s use of Goolwa Beach and the adjacent river for training, this quiet achieving trainer and his giant of a horse are pretty well known.


“There’s certainly a lot of support for the big fella here. I go into town and people ask me how he is going… even people who are not into racing, they like his story and I guess they like how he brings some attention to the area,’’ Jolly says.


“It’s great when he does well. It is something for us to be proud of but also something for the area to be proud of.’’


The All-Star Mile is a race like no other in Australia, with the public choosing the horses that will line up. It is officially the richest mile race in the world.