Past champs entered in Charleston Cup

Horses clear the fences during the 2014 Charleston Cup steeplechase races at Stono Ferry.

A pair of former champions are hoping for repeats when the 22nd running of the Charleston Cup steeplechase race takes place Sunday at Stono Ferry Plantation in Hollywood.

Arrakis, the 2012 winner, and Jamarjo, which won in 2013, are both entered in Sunday’s feature event, a $25,000 optional allowance hurdle. Selection Sunday, winner of the 2014 title, is not entered.

A crowd of more than 15,000 is expected Sunday, with gates opening at 9 a.m. and a noon paddock call. Post time for the first of four scheduled races is 1 p.m.

“We are about 10 percent ahead of where we were this time last year,” said Charleston Cup race director Karl McMillan.

While this is the 22nd running of the Charleston Cup, this will be the fifth consecutive Cup since the event was revived. It was held continuously from 1986 until 2003 and the property owners brought it back in 2011.

“There aren’t a whole lot of changes although we are bringing the Jack Russell terrier races back for the first time in a long time. That’s always been a crowd-pleaser and will be going on all day in the infield,” McMillan said.

Seven horses are entered in the feature event, including Arrakis and Jamarjo.

The Charleston Cup is the next-to-last race in the National Steeplechase Association schedule with only the Nov. 21 Colonial Cup in Camden left.

The competitors will be racing for purses totaling $60,000. All races are 2¼ miles over National Fences.

Jack Frost enters the race at 6-5 odds. Arrakis is listed at 4-1 odds, Forgotten Man at 6-1 and Jamarjo at 8-1.

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