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.

Until now...



Sunday December 1st 2019


Warrnambool Racecourse

Jericho Cup Map Race Course.jpg

Distance: Approximately 4,600m
Class: Benchmark 90
Prizemoney: $300,000


1st Prize $150,000 8th Prize $6,000
2nd Prize $50,000 9th Prize $5,000
3rd Prize $30,000 10th Prize $4,000
4th Prize $18,000 11th Prize $3,000
5th Prize $10,000 12th Prize $3,000
6th Prize $8,000 13th Prize $3,000
7th Prize $7,000 14th Prize $3,000

UPDATE 8.10.19 - The below has been achieved (14 runners) and prize money adjusted accordingly from 8th through to 14th placings.

We are working on increasing the field to 14 runners which will adjust the prize money at the bottom end of the field.