AUSTRALIA’S best middle distance greyhounds will converge on Sale on Wednesday night for the start of the $150,000 Sale Cup series.
With 12 individual group race winners engaged in the six heats, the race lacks nothing in quality.
Last year’s winner Destini Fireball returns to defend his crown after an amazing 12 months of racing which saw him win five group races and in excess of $500,000 in stake money.
Champion Perth sprinter Dyna Nalin is making the long trip over in an attempt to join the exclusive club of greyhounds who have cracked the $500,000 prize money barrier. With the “Cox Plate of Greyhound Racing”, the Topgun and the Perth Cup already on his resume, Dyna Nalin should appreciate the step up in distance to the Sale Cup.
Gippsland hopes of a victory rest with the litter mates Cintiarna and Hello Good Bye. Both are already highly accomplished group race winners with Cintiarna owned and trained by Sandra Collins at Hazelwood and Hello Good Bye, owned and bred by Rosedale resident Paul Galea.
The most interest on heat night will centre on the Jason Thompson trained Phenomenal. A relative youngster, Phenomenal is capable of running freakish times on his night and the spacious Sale circuit and step up to 650 metres is made to order.
Phenomenal comes into the race off an ideal preparation for Australia’s in form kennel.
Dogs to watch:
Heat one (race three, 7.34pm): Phenomenal, Cintiarna.
Heat two (race four, 7.49pm): Cheetah Zorro, Amity Flame.
Heat three (race six, 8.29pm): Dyna Nalin, Hala Belle.
Heat four (race eight, 9.09pm): Zipping Milo, Destini Fireball.
Heat five (race nine, 9.28pm): Alpe D’Huez, Dyna Willow.
Heat six (race 10, 9.49pm): Jethro, Lucy Wires.
The 12-race program, which includes a very strong support card, begins at 6.52pm. Admission is free.
AFL identities Terry Wallace and Cam Mooney will be on course to chat with patrons.