Qualifying for the race

The only requirement is to race Australasian Bred Stayers in this country and watch your points build up. Shuttle Stallions qualify, but the horse must have been conceived and born in Australia or New Zealand. It’s called supporting the local industry.

The Points System

Commencing 1st January 2017, the first three Australasian Bred horses over the line in every 3,000m or further flat race will earn 3-2-1 points. Non-TAB meetings are excluded, but all other races, no matter what class/age/sex restriction applies, will be treated equally.

The final field will be determined according to total points accrued, after allowing for any ballot exemptions. It is feasible that a horse could get in with no points (as long as it passes the breeding requirement). But any horse with just one point will get in ahead of those without any.

The final date to earn points will be 14 days before the running of The Jericho Cup. In 2018, this will be Sunday 18th November.
19/07/2018 UPDATE - In view of the fact that the Grafton Turf Club have programmed an additional 3,120m race for their meeting on Tuesday 20th November, our points cutoff has been extended to that date.

You will be able to check the progressive points total on this website.

This race obviously favours the up and coming horses against those that have already got there. But it will be possible for any class horse to win it.

21/09/2018 STOP PRESS – Should there be sufficient acceptances for the 2018 Jericho Cup, Racing Victoria will program an additional consolation race over 4065m on the course proper. Obviously, the prize money will be much less, but the sweetener is that this race (should it be held) will be a first guaranteed start / double points race for the 2019 Jericho Cup. Please note that the order of preference for both races will be the number of Jericho Cup points earned throughout the year up until the close of date of 20th of November 2018. Horses on the same points level will be graded according to their benchmark rating. Horses with nil points can still get a run in either race, provided there are not sufficient points earners accepting. All conditions for the consolation race will be identical to The Jericho Cup i.e. highweight, jumps jockeys and a field of 12.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ON WHAT ANY OF THE ABOVE MEANS, PLEASE CALL BILL GIBBINS ON 0413 442 988.

21/09/18 STOP PRESS – See above for latest STOP PRESS under The Points System. If a consolation race is run it will then be the first guaranteed start/double points race for 2019.

Additional Points Scoring Races

DOUBLE POINTS RACES in 2018 (Correct at 30th September 2018)

  • NSW - The Riverina Cup 3,800m at Wagga Wagga (August 12th)
  • SA - Jericho Cup Prelude 3,600m BM82 at Oakbank (April 2nd)
  • WA - The Western Australia Cup 3,200m at Ascot (April 21st)
  • QLD - The Queensland Cup 3,200m Sunshine Coast (July 14th)
  • TAS - Open Hcp 3,200m Hobart (November)
  • VIC - Moonee Valley is programming a 3000m plus race for Friday night 16th November. It will be Victoria’s double points and guaranteed start race - BM70

The top point scorer in each of the above races in 2018 will be guaranteed a start in the Jericho Cup of the same year, regardless of points.

TWO EXEMPTIONS TO THE FLAT RACES ONLY RULE ARE:
1. The Grand Annual Steeple 5,500m at Warrnambool (May)
2. The Great Eastern Steeple 4,950m at Oakbank (Easter)

AN EXEMPTION TO THE 3,000M MINIMUM RULE IS:
The Spring Stayers Series Final 2,600m at Morphetville SA (November)

20/09/2018 STOP PRESS - It has just been ascertained that the Stayers Series Final at Morphettville on 6th November has been reduced to 2000m BM75. The extraordinary Jericho Cup points race in South Australia is now the 2500m on 3rd November BM82.

19/07/2018 STOP PRESS - In view of the lack of 3,000m plus races across Australia in the next three months, we have included the following race -
The 2,900m BM70 race at Newcastle on Saturday 11th August.

Other races may be added to this category to support those that support developing stayers.

Qualifying for the 2019 Cup

Hopefully qualifying races for the 2019 Jericho Cup will suit the Racing Calendar a bit better than our current ones for the 2018 Centenary event. We had to go with what was already on the respective state’s calendar. The idea of a 4600m race, limited to Australasian bred horses, did attract its share of scepticism . Where was the field going to come from? However, since this event was first announced to the public in January 2017, there has been real and growing interest. People have even bought horses specifically to be trained for this event (and named accordingly) i.e. Major Shanahan.

Victoria is overweight in the number of 3,000m and over races available to earn points (although they could be better distributed), compared to every other state. That is why we nominated a specific race in each state that would not only attract double points, but the highest points winner in each of those specific events from 2018 onwards would be guaranteed a start in that year’s event. What we hope for is for all the other states to programme more 3,000m plus races and do it in consultation with local trainers, so the timing best suits horses aimed at a 4600m race at the end of November or early December.

We will see what transpires over the next twelve months and detail which races will carry 'Guaranteed Start' status in 2019 on this website in January 2019.

STOP PRESS 5/10/18 - JERICHO CUP CONSOLATION, IF IT IS RUN, WILL BE THE FIRST GURANTEED START/DOUBLE POINTS RACE FOR THE 2019 JERICHO CUP.