THE Sale Cup is a group 1 greyhound race which is run on Boxing Day at Sale as part of the Gippsland Carnival every year.
It is held over the gruelling 650m distance and is one of only two group 1 races held on a provincial track across Australia, the other being the Megastar which is held at Dapto.
The most recent edition of the Group 1 Sale Cup was taken out by WA superstar Quick Jagger which upstaged champion Fanta Bale.
Betting on the Group 1 Sale Cup
Like any group 1 race, only the best contest the Sale Cup series. The final is often rich in quality, which results in enormous betting interest on the final.
Because of the hype surrounding the event, all of our recommended online bookmakers offer fixed odds prices for each runner in the final – often as soon as the heats have been run and the box draw has been decided.
With several bookies offering odds, punters are able to shop around to ensure they get the best price about their chosen runner – whilst most bookies also offer free bet bonuses to give your wager some extra punch.
Additionally, some of our online bookies, such as Bet365 and Sportsbet, offer all-in markets for the winner of the final prior to the heats being run.
This is another win for punters, often offering inflated odds about many of the series leading chances if you are skilful enough to spot the winner prior to the commencement of the series.
There are currently no odds available for the 2017 edition of the race, but be sure to check this page closer to the series to discover the best prices on the market.
Group 1 Sale Cup – history
The Sale Cup was inaugurated in 1968, however records regarding the results of the race were not kept until 1970 when it was won by Radiant Queen.
In the early days, the Sale Cup, like most provincial Victorian Cups, was run over the sprint trip – with the honour roll boasting some champion names such as Chariot Supreme (1984), Top Shroud (1986), Malawi’s Prince (1991) and Wylie Boy, the race’s only dual winner who triumphed in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
In 2001, the Sale Club made a bold and risqué move to move the distance of the Cup to the 630m trip. The gamble paid off, with front running stayer Bentley Babe producing a sensational effort to collect the $20,000 winner’s cheque.
Two years later, the Sale track underwent a major track re-structure, with the official re-opening on April 10 revealing three new racing distances over 440m, 520m and 650m.
Additionally, the track was also widened to seven metres to allow for safer racing, whilst both the back straight and home straight were realigned under the guidance of track designer Brian Barrington.
The Cup remained over the middle distance journey after the re-development and in 2010 it was awarded group 1 status. In that year it was taken out by Robert Britton’s Symmetry, with the $50,000 winner’s cheque making it the richest country cup in the nation.
Since that time, the prize money on offer has once again been bumped up, now offering $75,000 to the winner and maintaining its group 1 status and reputation as one of the most highly sought after titles on the group racing calendar.
Group 1 Sale Cup – the recent years
Quick Jagger upstaged champion racer Fanta Bale to win the 2017 Group 1 Sale Cup on boxing day.
While the Cannington 520m record-holder had only had one unplaced middle distance appearance in his home state, he won impressively over 595m at Sandown Park before winning his Sale Cup heat in 37.37sec, just .03 outside Chasin’ Crackers qualifying standard.
Chasin’ Crackers was best to begin, but Quick Jagger and Fanta Bale were in close attendance and in a memorable drive to the line, Quick Jagger finished best to defeat Fanta Bale by 1.29 lengths in 37.35sec, with Chasin’ Crackers finishing third.
2017 Sale Cup results
December 26, 2017. 26/12/2017 Sale. First Prize: $75,000
Winner: Quick Jagger (Dyna Nalin X Saving Bundles) Black & White Dog. DOB:17/07/2015
Trainer: Christopher Halse Owner: Edmonds Fitzpatrick (SYN)
Winning Time: 37.34
Others in Finishing Order: FANTA BALE, CHASIN’ CRACKERS, BRUEGHELINO, INEQUITY, VAN ANN, ROYAL INTENTION, GOLD VEIN.
Geoff Scott-Smith was full of praise for his champion greyhound Dundee Osprey after winning the 2017 edition of the Sale Cup. The son of Fabregas and Dundee Rose took his career record to 17 wins from 41 starts and added to his list of group 1 titles – having already won the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson and the Group 1 Topgun over the sprint trips.
2016 Sale Cup results
December 26, 2016. Sale SDGRC first Prize $75,000
Winner: Dundee Osprey (Fabregas x Dundee Rose) Born: Dec 2013 Black Dog
Owner/Trainer: Geoffrey Scott-Smith.
Time: 37.88. Margins: 4.25 x 6.25.
Others in finishing order: Chrichton Bale, Aston Harvey, Zipping Kane, Dewana Dime, Ring The Bell, Aeroplane Tommy, Brolly Bale.
No Donuts began his rise to staying stardom with a tenacious triumph in the 2015 Sale Cup. Trained in NSW at the time, No Donuts defeated some quality greyhounds including the likes of Lithgow Panther and Come On Fantasy. Soon after the win, he was transferred to the kennels of leading Victorian Anthony Azzopardi who guided him to success in the Group 1 Zoom Top and the Group 2 Summer Distance Plate.
2015 Sale Cup results
December 26, 2015. Sale SDGRC First Prize $75,000
Winner: No Donuts (Fabregas x Chevy Princess) born: June 2013 Black Dog
Owner/Trainer: Bradley Canty.
Time: 37.69, Margins 0.5 x 2.5.
Others in finishing order: Lithgow Panther, Come On Fantasy, Chrichton Bale, Lady Toy, Bourbski Fever, Full On Bling, Ring The Bell.
Star Recall broke through for a deserved victory at group 1 level in the 2014 Sale Cup. In the process the daughter of High Earner and No Recall stamped herself as one of the most versatile chasers in training, having already qualified for the 2014 Group 1 Perth Cup and the 2014 Group 1 National Sprint Championship throughout her ultra-consistent career.
2014 Sale Cup results
December 26, 2014. Sale SDGRC First Prize $75,000
Winner: Star Recall (High Earner x No Recall) Born: April 2012 Black Bitch
Owner: Kevin Dover, Trainer: Jeff Britton.
Time: 37.14. Margins 1 x 2.25.
Others in finishing order: Space Star, Sweet It is, Zipping Felix, Kiltah Magic, Allen Deed, Texas Titan, Agent Jack.
Group 1 Sale Cup – honour roll
1970 Radiant Quan
1971 Stripper Sam
1972 Midnight Avon
1974 Rebel Rena
1977 Daalko Boy
1978 Cascilla’s Lad
1979 Newmore’s Heart
1980 Bushy Prince
1981 Forceful Lad
1983 Colinda Flyer
1984 Chariot Supreme
1985 Johnny Caprice
1986 Top Shroud
1987 Quick Royal
1988 Blackman Ray
1989 Mr Chatters
1990 Chief Magundi
1992 Premier Pete
1994 Jamb Kid
1995 Wylie Boy
1996 Wylie Boy
1997 Shannen’s Storm
1998 Awesome Assassin
1999 Brookside Red
2000 Vino Veritas
2001 Bentley Babe
2002 Beljay Velvet
2004 Arvo’s Junior
2007 Miss Brook
2008 Vintage Octane
2009 Mantra Lad
2011 Mystic Apple
2012 Destini Fireball
2013 Dyna Nalin
2014 Star Recall
2015 No Donuts
2016 Dundee Osprey
2017 Quick Jagger