TWO New Zealand-trained gallopers will add another dimension to the 14 horse field that contests the $300,000 Jericho Cup to be run on December 1, according to Warrnambool Racing Club CEO Tom O'Connor.
Last-start Kiwi winners, the Neil O'Dowd trained Aigne and Where Are You from the Shaun Ritchie stable, were among 32 horses nominated for the second edition of the 4600-metre race and will gain runs in Australia's longest flat race.
O'Connor said the club was pleased with the depth of runners for the marathon.
"The 32 nominations are on a par for the inaugural running of the Jericho Cup last year," he said.
"I'm pretty sure the two Kiwi runners will get runs. They add something extra to the race. There's been a lot of interest in this year's Jericho.
"It's great to see New Zealand-trained horses chasing the rich prizemoney. I would say this year's race will have more depth."
The nominations include six gallopers, which are guaranteed a start having previously won ballot-exempt races.
They are dual purpose eight-year-old Ablaze (Ciaron Maher and David Eustace); Lindsay Park's Da Deputy; last-start Moonee Valley winner Firefree (Cliff Murray); the Charlotte Littlefield-trained Hello My Friend, whose last three victories have all come at Warrnambool; and Canberra raider Ten Tigers (Barbara Joseph), who secured his place in the race by winning last Sunday's Road to the Jericho Benchmark 85 Handicap at Thoroughbred Park (ACT) plus Aigne.
The remainder of the field will be made up of the highest points scorers from a range of qualifying races held across Australia and New Zealand.
Should at least 24 horses accept for the Jericho Cup, the meeting will include a $40,000 Repechage run over 4065m - which was won last year by Hello My Friend.
The 2018 edition of the Jericho Cup was held 100 years after famed whaler 'Bill The Bastard' won the inaugural running of the race in the desert sands of Jericho during World War One.
Have you signed up to The Standard's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in the south-west.