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Jericho Cup to include New Zealand trained horses this year in 2019 Australia’s longest flat race

Jericho Cup 2019 winner

Jericho Cup 2019

 

This year Jericho Cup will be held on December 1st 2019. This  race will include New Zealand-trained horses who would qualify for this year’s $300,000 Jericho Cup, Australia’s longest flat race. The Jericho Cup, first run on the desert sands of Palestine in 1918, was revived last year and staged over 4600m at Warrnambool in Victoria, with the event commemorating Australia and New Zealand’s light horse involvement in World War I.

The race, run under benchmark 90 handicap conditions, is restricted to horses conceived and born in Australia or New Zealand and is the brainchild of Bill Gibbins.

Jericho cup 2019

This was announced by Racing Victoria (RV) and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) and concept will be expanded this year to give New Zealand-trained horses the chance to qualify for the 2019 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool on December 1. A race over 3210m at Taranaki Racecourse in New Zealand on September 28 will provide a ballot exemption to the winner, while the placegetters will receive double points towards qualifying. It is one of seven races, the other six are run in Australia offering a guaranteed start in the Jericho Cup.

The Jericho Cup 2019

Jericho Cup 2019 winner

The Jericho Cup 2019 will be held at Warrnambool Racecourse on Sunday December 1st 2019 and the distance of the race would be approximately 4,600m to win prize money of AU $300,000

1st $150,000 7th $7,000
2nd $50,000 8th $7,000
3rd $30,000 9th $6,000
4th $18,000 10th $6,000
5th $10,000 11th $4,000
6th $8,000 12th $4,000

Rules for qualifying this race

Jericho Cup 2018 winner

Last year’s 2018 race was won by the Anthony Freedman-trained High Mode

Rules for qualifying this race is done by point system methods. The first three Australasian Bred horses over the line in every 3,000m or further flat race will earn 3-2-1 points. Non-TAB meetings are excluded, but all other races, no matter what class/age/sex restriction applies, will be treated equally.

The final field will be determined according to total points accrued, after allowing for any guranteed starters. It is feasible that a horse could get in with no points (as long as it passes the breeding requirement). But any horse with just one point will get in ahead of those without any.

The final date to earn points will be 14 days before the running of The Jericho Cup. In 2019, this will be Sunday 17th November.

This race obviously favours the up and coming horses against those that have already got there. But it will be possible for any class horse to win it.

Should there be sufficient acceptances for the 2019 Jericho Cup, Racing Victoria will program an additional repecharge race over 4,065m on the course proper. The prize money will be less, but the sweetener is that this race (should it be held) will be a first guaranteed start / double points race for the 2020 Jericho Cup.

The order of preference for both races will be the number of Jericho Cup points earned throughout the year up until the close of date of 17th of November 2019. Horses on the same points level will be graded according to their benchmark rating. Horses with nil points can still get a run in either race, provided there are not sufficient points earners accepting. All conditions for the repecharge race will be identical to The Jericho Cup i.e. highweight and jumps jockeys. The only requirement is to race Australasian Bred Stayers in Australia and New Zealand and watch your points build up. Shuttle Stallions qualify, but the horse must have been conceived and born in Australia or New Zealand. It’s called supporting the local industry.

Exemptions to the flat races only rule are:

1. The Grand Annual Steeple 5,500m at Warrnambool (May).
2. The Great Eastern Steeple 4,950m at Oakbank (Easter).
3. New Zealand Grand National Hurdle 4,200m at Riccarton (August)

New Zealand races, 3,000m plus are included for the first time, with one guranteed start race on 29th September 2019, BM82, at Taranaki.

The South Australian guranteed race has been transferred to Gawler on their 25th October 2019 Cup meeting. The race will be a newly created benchmark 84 over 3,340m, welcomig the Gawler and Barossa Racing Club to The Jericho Cup fold. The Great Eastern Steeple and 3,600m race at Oakbank over Easter, remain 3-2-1 points races.

For more details call Bill Gibbins on phone  0413 442 988 or email at  bill@thejerichocup.com.au

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