Approaching the end of the First World War the Australian Light Horse were planning a major offensive against the Turkish Empire. In order to lull the enemy into believing nothing unusual was afoot, a race meeting was organised on the eve of the assault.
The main race was called The Jericho Cup over 3 miles through the desert sands. The winner was Bill the Bastard, probably Australia’s Greatest War Horse.
His exploits are detailed in the book Bill the Bastard by noted historian Professor Roland Perry. You can read Chapter 24 “The Ruse” here. It tells the story of the first Jericho Cup.
The Jericho Cup will be re-run annually from the 100th anniversary in 2018 to honour Bill the Bastard, the Australian Light Horsemen and their magnificent mounts – The Walers 1914 to 1918.
After the disaster of the Gallipoli landing they collectively formed the spearhead of the Allied Forces in the Middle East. They destroyed the centuries old Ottoman Empire and drove the Turks from the Holy Land.
Traditionally we have remembered the disaster and not the ultimate victory.
Sunday December 1st 2019
Distance: Approximately 4,600m
Class: Benchmark 90
|1st Prize||$150,000||7th Prize||$7,000|
|2nd Prize||$50,000||8th Prize||$7,000|
|3rd Prize||$30,000||9th Prize||$6,000|
|4th Prize||$18,000||10th Prize||$6,000|
|5th Prize||$10,000||11th Prize||$4,000|
|6th Prize||$8,000||12th Prize||$4,000|
We are working on increasing the field to 14 runners which will adjust the prize money at the bottom end of the field.