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NZB Airfreight Gets Behind Jericho Cup Qualifiers
For the second year, NZB Airfreight has announced its sponsorship of the qualifying heats for Australia's longest flat race, the annual Jericho Cup (4600m). The Jericho Cup is open to Australian and New Zealand-bred horses only, commemorating the light horse involvement in World War I and run on the fourth Sunday after the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m). The Road To Jericho heats will be held on Saturday 26 September (3210m) at New Plymouth Raceway and Saturday 24 October (3000m) at Riccarton Park, with each winner receiving a guaranteed start to compete in the Cup. As sponsors, NZB Airfreight will offer a $5,000 equine airfreight credit for the winner of each qualifying race should they decide to travel across the Tasman and contest the staying event. 2020 marks the first year that New Zealand will have two guaranteed starters for the AU$304,000 Jericho Cup held on Sunday 29 November 2020 at Warrnambool Racecourse. Enriched with history, the race was originally run in 1918 over three miles through desert sands and celebrated its 100th anniversary two years ago.