Approaching the end of the First World War the Australian Light Horse were planning a major offensive against the Turkish Empire.
In order to lull the enemy into believing nothing unusual was afoot, a race meeting was organised on the eve of the assault.
The main race was called The Jericho Cup over 3 miles through the desert sands. The winner was Bill the Bastard, probably Australia’s Greatest War Horse.
Shaping Young Australians shall be attending Warrnambool Racing Club $300,000 Haymes Paint Jericho Cup, honouring the heroic servicemen and their magnificent mounts, The Walers, for their heroic deeds in the Middle East from 1915-1919.
This special race day commemorates the 101 year anniversary of the Jericho Cup run as a 4,600m flat race across the Brierly Paddock.
Shaping Young Australians are honoured to be attending the event with representatives from The General Sir Harry Chauvel Foundation. Sir Harry Chauvel is one of, if not the, greatest military wartime leader in Australian history. He served in three wars and peacetime, yet his story has seldom been accurately told.
General Sir Harry Chauvel Foundation Inc has been established to commemorate his service and that of all the troops he valiantly led.
Together, we’re looking forward to meeting Return Veterans and their families and friends, during historic displays, enjoying the race day hospitality.
Jericho Cup is located on the beautiful Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool Racecourse. Get up close and personal with jockeys and trainers from all over the state, whilst enjoying all the racing action from the varied grandstands and lawns.
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Our First Story: Geelong’s Ernest Brough
Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, was instrumental in providing large numbers of soldiers to serve in World War II.
Here, some of Geelong’s finest ANZACs are immortalised in film and war diary audio recordings recounting these diggers’ remarkable and moving World War II stories.
Stemming from the amazing response to Ernest Brough’s mini documentary, the Geelong RSL is committed to capturing and preserving as many of Geelong’s ANZAC stories as possible before time runs out.
These diggers’ accounts keep Geelong’s ANZAC’s memories alive, accessible and in safe-keeping for Geelong residents and beyond; now and for future generations.
"In 2011 while a student at Belmont High-school, Zahn Gane was lucky enough to travel to Gallipoli as part of Premiers Spirit of ANZAC Prize. The trip had such a huge impact on Zahn’s life, he’s now studying international relations at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.."
"Deployed back to Afghanistan since receiving a gunshot wound, remains a current serving member. Dedicated to helping return serving veterans."
"My trip to Gallipoli and the Western Front helped shape me as a person, walking in the footsteps of our ANZACs. As I stood at the exact point of where my great grandfather, John Patrick and his battalion fought at Pozieres 100 years ago, I felt the presence of a man I never knew. I felt a connection that transcends generations, and a longing to have heard my Grandfather and my Great Grandfathers stories firsthand."