2015 Group 1 Sale Cup final – free tips and full betting preview

ALL Eyes will be focused on Sale this Saturday night for the running of the Group 1 Sale Cup (650 metres). With $75,000 awaiting the winner, four heats were hotly contested last Sunday resulting in a wide open final with a number of winning chances.

Lithgow Panther ($3.30) holds the call in the early betting markets after a strong performance in his heat where he ran the the impressive NSW raider No Donuts ($5.50 with Bet365) to a three quarter length margin on the line. The Rob Britton-trained chaser has the class edge heading into the race, having won the Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial (595 metres) at Sandown Park two starts back.

Impressive heat performances were also handed in by Come On Fantasy ($4.25) which put in a stellar run, coming from last to dive through and snatch victory from the classy Full On Bling ($11).

Group 1 Bold Trease champion Bourbski Fever ($6.50) was an unlucky second behind Crichton Bale in heat one, with the daughter of Buck Fever and Midnight Movie unleashing her customary big finish when the metaphorical door closed on a run at the top of the straight, ending her winning chances. With any luck in running she will be very hard to beat in the Boxing Day decider.    

The Sale Cup is race 6 on the program and kicks off at 8.45pm AEDT.

Box 1 – Come On Fantasy
Black Bitch – 28.8kg – November 2012
Premier Fantasy x Come On Luann
Prize money: $100,320
Trainer: Joe Borg
Career: 52: 11-13-10
From Box: 8: 2-2-3
T/D: 2: 1-0-1
T/D Best: 37.93 (6)
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Listed Maidment Memorial, 2015 Group 3 Big Dog Cup, FINALIST Group 1 Hume Cup, Group 1 Bold Trease.

“Looks for the fence and has a good record off inside boxes. Ideally drawn and should settle down closer than last week, can hit a flat spot mid race but will finish strong.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $4.25 with Crownbet

Box 2 – Lithgow Panther
Black Dog – 33.1kg – November 2012
Milldean Panther x Mrs Trickett
Prize money: $131,066
Trainer: Rob Britton
Career: 55: 19-13-8
From box: 7: 2-2-2
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial, 2ND 2015 Group 3 Topcat Video Cup, Group 3 Sydney Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Topgun Stayers.  

“Should get a good run from the draw settling outside or just behind Come On Fantasy. Was beaten on his merits by No Donuts in his heat but should find himself within striking distance here. One of the main chances.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $3.30 with Sportsbet

Box 3 – Ring The Bell
Brindle Dog – 32.2 – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize Money: $34,415
Trainer: Gerard O’Keefe
Career: 22: 7-7-0
From box: 1: 0-0-0
T/D: 4: 1-3-0
T/D Best: 37.61 (7)
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Great Chase

“Led and ran the fastest first section last week, was headed up the back but came again to run the Best of Night. Only fair beginners drawn around her so every chance to lead again, if you like a leader at value she’s the one for you.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $13 with Bet365

Box 4 – Bourbski Fever
Black Bitch – 27.7Kg – October 2013
Buck Fever x Midnight Movie
Prize money: $131,686
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 27: 7-4-2
From box: 4: 1-1-0
T/D: 2: 0-1-0
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON Group 1 Bold Trease, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Summer Cup. 

“Ran her usual race last week getting back and charging home. Desperately unlucky not to win her heat and is up to her ears in this. If she gets a crack at them they’ll do well to hold off her powerful finish.” 

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $6.50 with William Hill

Box Five – No Donuts
Black Dog – 30.3kg – June 2013
Fabregas x Chevy Princess
Prize money: $93,452
Trainer: Brad Canty
Career: 34: 17-9-3
From box: 2: 1-0-1
T/D: 1-1-0-0
T/D Best: 37.69 (6)
Career Highlights: 2ND Group 2 Richmond Derby, 2015 Group 2 Qld Derby, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 New Sensation, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic

“Won six of his last seven so form speaks for itself, probably lobs outside Ring The Bell and takes over up the back. The worry is the last 50 metres. With so many strong types in this, he’ll need to pinch a few lengths on them to win but it isn’t beyond him.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $5.50 with Bet365

Box 6 – Crichton Bale
Black Dog – 31.7kg – December 2012
Bekim Bale x Dyna Obelia
Prize money: $60,135
Trainer: Mark Delbridge
Career: 42: 18-4-3
From box: 5: 1-0-0
T/D: 2: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 37.79 (3)
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 29.89, 42.79

“Doesn’t have the profile of some of his rivals but is a very capable dog. He “went bush” at the first turn last week and put in a big performance to run down the leaders and just hold off Bourbski Fever. One for the multiples.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $8.50 with Bet365

Box 7 – Full On Bling
Black Dog – 33.1kg – December 2012
Bekim Bale x Miss Bling
Prize Money $42,115
Trainer: John Westerlo
From box: 6: 3-0-1
T/D: 3: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 37.75 (2)
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 33.92

“Has a big motor on his day. Needs to begin and settle in a forward spot be a chance but from the draw it looks like he will have to work to find a spot.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $11 with Crownbet

Box 8 – Lady Toy
Black Bitch – 30.8 – June 2012
Our Toyman x Railway Shiraz
Prize Money: $388,042
Trainer: Brooke Ennis
From Box: 7: 0-4-2
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group Mckenna Memorial, 2015 Listed Maidment Memorial, 2ND 2015 Group 1 WA Galaxy, 2015 Group 1 Sandown Cup, 2015 Group 1 Association Cup, 2015 Group 1 Superstayers

“Marvellous stayer who made the ARG Top 15 Greyhounds of 2015. She will be slow early and looking to unwind late, so she’s going to need a lot to go right to win this from the draw. Another one for the multiples.”

Odds to win the Sale Cup: $23 with William Hill

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