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Ablaze Favourite For Jericho Cup
The $300,000 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool is Australia's longest flat race at 4600m, and a full field of 14 will contest the race on Sunday, reports racenet.com.au. The event commemorates the running of the Jericho Cup in Palestine in World War I and is the special project of local philanthropist Bill Gibbins. Top weight Ablaze (Raise the Flag-Alight, by Personal Escort) is the early favourite at $3.40 with the TAB, and the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained gelding will carry 70kg in the Benchmark 90 race. Ablaze is a last start winner over 3340m in the Gawler & Barossa JC G&J Civil Road to Jericho Handicap. Each runner is among the top point-scorers in qualifying races over 3000m or further, which have been run in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and New Zealand in the last twelve months. Kiwi trainers Neil O'Dowd and Shaune Ritchie will represent New Zealand with Aigne (Sufficient-Emlajay, by Johar) and Where Are You (Ekraar-Novice Mistress, by Almutawakel), with the two providing the quinella in the Taranaki RC Road to Jericho Handicap over 3210m at the end of September. Barbara Joseph will run Ten Tigers (Medaglia d'Oro-Miraculous Lady, by A.P. Indy) after the stayer won the Canberra qualifying race, the 3400m Canberra RC Australian Light Horse Association Handicap.