Betting market released for Australia’s longest flat race

Fixed price operator TAB.com.au has installed joint favourites from the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable as well as the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team for Sunday’s rich $300,000 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool.

One of Australia’s newest feature races will be run for the fourth time on Sunday over a gruelling 4600m trip, making it Australia’s longest flat race.

At the head of betting at $4.50 are Sydney performer Frenzied, which won entry into the race via his victory in the Canberra Road To The Jericho and Wil John, the last start winner of 3800m benchmark 70 handicap at Ararat.

On the second line of betting is Wil John’s stablemate Dambula, which is raced in the same interests as Frenzied – syndicated by Dynamic Syndications.

Dambula is a $5 chance and goes into the Warrnambool marathon having won his past two starts – a 3200m contest at Wagga and a 3800m staying test at Moonee Valley on November 11.

It’s then out to $11 for Alienated and Matas with two runners at $13 – Britannicus and Da Deputy.

Michelle Payne’s runner Jukila and fourth emergency Periscope are $15 chances while last year’s runner-up Golden Flag is priced at $17.

Other runners are $21 or better with TAB.com.au.

The playing of The Last Post prior to the Jericho Cup being run. Photo: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The Jericho Cup is the brainchild of Bill Gibbins and based on a story from World War I.

The Jericho Cup website reads,

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.

Originally published asUp and betting on Australia’s longest flat race

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