What a day for racing.

Some near-perfect spring weather made the 2023 Sale Cup a stellar 26-degree day out as thousands of racegoers enjoyed activities.

With gates open from 11am, Sale Turf Club had already sold 1000 pre-booked tickets with many more flocking to the stunning track on the day.

The unmissable track gave all that spring racing has to offer as racegoers enjoyed great company, refreshing drinks, racing thrills, live music and tasty food.

The crowd was a buzz, enjoying a drink from one of the many bars around the track, with fancy cocktails on offer.

Live music graced attendee’s ears as local voice Mick Harrington serenaded the crowd.

The Fashions on the Field was a popular event with a huge crowd in attendance for each category.

The upgraded facilities were on full display, with the recent drainage works on the track combined with good weather adding to the many highlights.

Sale’s Hayley Smolenaars, Stratford’s Meeran Bradley and Sale’s Elise Williams pose for a photo trackside. Photos: Zaida Glibanovic

In The Laurels, the line-up was constant as many keen racegoers were overcome with excitement to nab a photo with the real Melbourne Cup trophy.

Marquees were a hive of activity as many enjoyed racing action in the shade.

For those opting to go without a hospitality package, many chose to picnic out on the hill, with camping chairs and full charcuterie spreads across picnic blankets.

At race times, everyone flocked to the track fence to snag the best viewing point of their backed horse.

Punters watched with a keen eye as each race looked as if it was down to the wire.

Cheers and jubilations filled the air alongside cries of disappointment and ‘damn it’s’ when a punters horse failed to get up.