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Gold Medals AGold Medals Favourite for Inaugural Jericho Cup

The Gerry Harvey bred Gold Medals will step out as favourite for the inaugural running of the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool on Sunday. The concept for the Jericho Cup is designed to be a re-enactment of a race that took place 100 years ago in the Palestine desert during the closing stages of World War 1. The race contested by soldiers and mounts from the Australian Light Horse brigade was staged as a distraction ahead of a major offensive against Turkish forces. Sunday’s re-enactment will be contested by a field of 12 and true to the Anzac spirit, all horses must have been bred in either Australia and New Zealand.

Last season’s Jumper of the Year in Australia, Gold Medals, has mixed his flat and jumping successfully and will have no problems with the distance of the Jericho Cup having won the Grand Annual Steeples over 5500m during the winter, while his ability to be stakes placed over 1600m at Flemington as a 3YO, points to him being far more than just a steeplechaser.

A $30,000 purchase at Karaka for his trainer Symon Wilde, Gold Medals has won 12 races and just shy of A$760,000. By Elvstroem from the Encosta de Lago mare Lady Mulroy, Gold Medals is a half-brother to six winners including good Queensland stayer Chilled and the emerging New Zealand stayer Red Cloud. Lady Mulroy has a positive test to Australia’s Champion 3YO Tarzino.

Another lining up in the Jericho Cup is the Redwood gelding High Mode who won a qualifying event for the final over 3800m and the Anthony Freedman trained gelding has been running home strongly in his recent starts which suggests he too will thrive over the marathon distance. High Mode was bred by Wellingtonian Martin Dalgleish and was raised at The Oaks Stud before joining the Westbury Stud draft for the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, where he fetched $105,000 when purchased by Freedman Racing.

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