NEWLY married jumps jockey Darryl Horner junior hopes the celebrations continue in the $300,000 Jericho Cup to be run at Warrnambool on Sunday.
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.
The Jericho Cup, which is run on the flat over 4600 metres at the famous racecourse, is the brainchild of Melbourne philanthropist Bill Gibbins.
Horner, who married Jackie Beriman last weekend, said a win on the New Zealand-trained mare Where Are You in the second running of the Jericho Cup would cap off a great week for the 27-year-old.
"It's been a huge week for Jackie and I with our wedding and a win on Where Are You would be a wonderful result," the Warrnambool-based jumps jockey said.
"It's a privilege to have a ride in the race which carries so much history relating to the war hero's from Australia and New Zealand.
"I was lucky enough to have a ride in the inaugural running of the Jericho Cup last year. It's great not only for me but for all the jumps jockeys to be able to ride in such a history-making race.
"I'm like everyone else I admire all the work and generosity of Bill Gibbins. He's put a lot into making sure the day is a success. He's a remarkable person.
"I rode Where Are You in trackwork over 1600 metres at Warrnambool on Tuesday. She felt really good in her action and worked well. She's very fit to run out a solid 4600 metres."
Where Are You, who is rated a $12 chance in the early betting markets on the Jericho, is trained by Shaun Ritchie, the son of the late high profile New Zealand trainer Frank Ritchie, who trained Bonecrusher to win the 1986 Cox Plate.
Warrnambool Racing Club officials are hoping to top last year's attendance of 4500 on Sunday.
WRC operations and marketing manager Ashlee Scott said there had been enormous interest from the public relating to the day.
The first of nine races is set down to start at 12.40pm with the Jericho Cup to be run at 4.55pm and the last race is scheduled to begin at 5.30pm.
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