Kiwi Bred Trifecta in Jericho Cup
Mark Smith - Sunday December 1

Carrying the colours of Australia’s best short course sprinter Nature Strip, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Ablaze captured Australia’s longest flat, the $300,000 Jericho Cup (4600m) at Warrnambool on Sunday.

With John Allen in the saddle, Ablaze scored by three-quarters of a length from Golden Flag with Where Are You 10 lengths back in third to give New-Zealand-breds the trifecta.

Not unused to big-race success, part-owner Rod Lyons said it was a thrill and an honour to win the second running of the race, which commemorates the original three-mile race held in the desert sands of Jericho towards the end of World War 1, which was won by the very Australian sounding Bill The Bastard.

“It’s as big a thrill as I’ve had in racing, to come to this race,” Lyons told

“It means so much to our heritage. What these brave men and woman (during the World Wars) did for us. To be honest, I’m beyond words to have won the race.

“It brings a tear to your eye just thinking about it. It’s a pleasure and an honour to win it.”

Ablaze has been in outstanding form with four wins and one second from his last six starts, which included hurdle wins at Coleraine and Ballarat and a second over the hurdles at Moonee Valley.

The 8yo gelding is a son of White Robe Lodge’s Sadler’s Wells stallion Raise The Flag (GB) who also sired the runner-up Golden Flag.

His dam Alight is a daughter of the royally-bred Mr Prospector Personal Escort (USA) who is also the sire of the dam of Jericho Cup runner-up Golden Flag so this was a big result the White Robe Stud.

Alight’s dam Bi Light (by another White Robe resident Noble Bijou (USA)) won 11 races including the Listed  White Robe Lodge Stakes (of course) and is a daughter of the stakes-placed Lamp Light who is a daughter of White Robe’s champion Mellay (GB).


Haymes Paint Jericho Cup 4600m
Warrnambool Track: Good(4) Time: 5:19.69
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 70
8g Raise The Flag (GB) x Alight (NZ) (Personal Escort (USA))
Golden Flag
T: P F Ryan J: R Cully 64.5
6g Raise The Flag (GB) x Personal Column (NZ) (Personal Escort (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $37,500
V:White Robe Lodge
B: APS Racing
Where Are You
T: S F Ritchie J: D Horner Jnr 67
6m Ekraar (USA) x Novice Mistress (NZ) (Almutawakel (GB))
T: C G Murray J: T Ryan 65.5
7g Stormhill (AUS) x Joyance (AUS) (Jugah (USA))
T: C G Murray J: B S Thomas-Rantall 66
6g Danesis (IRE) x Belle Tower (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
T: N H O'Dowd J: M J Roustoby 69
7g Sufficient (NZ) x Emlajay (NZ) (Johar (USA))
Hello My Friend
T: Charlotte Littlefield J: Lee Horner 65
5m Americain (USA) x Priceless Diamond (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Da Deputy
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Clayton Douglas 68.5
5g Dalakhani (IRE) x Crazy Deputy (AUS) (French Deputy (USA))
Wolfe Tone
T: F G Finnegan J: Ronan Short 64
5g Mettre En Jeu (NZ) x Ain't All Trumps (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Sebas Farm
B: Mr FG Finnegan
Pretty Mama
T: J P Salanitri J: S Phelan 64
6m Pentire (GB) x Sand Skipper (USA) (Sligo Bay (IRE))
Ten Tigers
T: Ms B Joseph J: A Lynch 64
5g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Miraculous Lady (USA) (A.P. Indy (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young, NSW
B: Joseph & Jones Racing
Ventura Highway
T: B I Stanaway J: W Gordon 64
7g Good Journey (USA) x Cuplet (AUS) (Will Dancer (FR))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Balcrest Stud, Balhannah, SA
B: McKeever Bloodstock
T: Daniel Robinson J: B R Lammas 65.5
5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Dexcellent (AUS) (Dexter (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic
B: Bjorn Baker Racing/Blandford Bloodstock
Plymouth Road
T: M J Williams J: P Hamblin 69.5
7g Tavistock (NZ) x Dastaria (NZ) (Stark South (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $21,000
V:Bradbury Park
B: NZB as agent
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