The following is an extract from Graeme Smith's President's Report for 2019 relating to the Jericho Cup.
The Chauvel family Board Members and I met with Bill Gibbins earlier this year. Bill is the organizer and supporter of the Jericho Cup which was first run at the Warrnambool Racetrack on 2 December 2018. At Board meetings during the year, it was decided that we would attend this year race which was held on 1 December. Board members Mike Annett his wife Helen, Louise and I and, Ambassador Neil Dearberg and his partner Sandra attended a reception sponsored by Bill at the “Whaler “hotel on Saturday night. The function was most valuable in meeting other Light Horse supporters and an opportunity to promote the Foundation.
The weather on race day was not good but the racing was unaffected. I was honoured to present the trophy to the winner of the Harry Chauvel Handicap (image below). The main race was the Jericho Cup which was run over a distance of 4600m. The winner was Ablaze carrying a weight of 70kg (image below). The race was spectacular and one of the highlights of the days racing. The day also included a Beersheba charge where riders in traditional Light Horse uniform carrying bayonets raced down the main straight over a distance of 400m (images below).
I encourage all of our supporters to consider attending this event on 6 December 2020.