Sonntag steals the cup

IT was Queensland derby winner Sonntag who stole the limelight with an impressive win in the 1600m Sale Cup.

Race goers were greeted by cool and cloudy conditions when they arrived before noon on Sunday. But the sun broke through and it was a perfect day to show off the colourful dresses and hats. It was another very colourful Cup.

There were good and bad luck stories attached to Sonntag’s win as Chad Schofield, who won on Sonntag in the Queensland derby at Eagle Farm, was booked to ride in the Cup but was replaced by Michael Rodd after a fall at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The fall cost Schofield the ride on the four year old chestnut, who has four wins from nine starts. Sonntag had plenty of support from the stands, as most of the part owners were there to cheer their champion on.

Thirty-year-old Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer, who has only been training for 18 months, was delighted with Sonntags’ win, but Dwyer has had excellent preparation, doing his time with Robert Smerdon and Lloyd Williams.

Dwyer is not a newcomer to Sale, having won here twice before.

Dwyer said they would get Sonntag ready for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in three weeks, followed by a spell before his next preparation for a shot at the Sydney Cup.

The two-year-old filly by I am Invincible went for $23,000 at auction just before the Cup, and there was a lot of interest in the auction following the win of Ian Hutchins’ Somethinghappening in race two, the 1200 metre maiden plate.

Somethinghappening was auctioned at the Sale Cup in 2012.

Somethinghappening won from Flemington trained Concentrate and Gippsland horses featured in the finish, with Bally Pally, trained by Mario Farrugia, third and God Is On My Side, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis finished fourth.

Flemington trainers Matthew Ellarton and Simon Zahra combined with Katelyn Mallyon to win race five, the Inglis Trophy race, with Sebrella, who was coming off a last start win at Echuca.

It was a Cup day to remember for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and jockey Michael Rodd, who picked up winning trebles.

Griffiths commenced his winning run with King Deano, who was ridden by Matthew Allen, in the first event the maiden plate.

Rodd, who won the Sale Cup on Sonntag, commenced his winning run on Cranbourne trained Flash of Heart in race three, the benchmark 64 handicap.

It was Griffiths and Rodd in the winners circle again after Sacred Dream won race four, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Grane, trained by Griffiths and ridden by Matthew Allen, made it three wins in a row with a win in race eight, the benchmark 78 handicap. The win also completed a riding double for Allen.

Outsider Benambra, trained at Bairnsdale by Julie Scott and ridden by Patrick Maloney, upset a few quaddies with a win in race six the benchmark 70 handicap. The six-year-old gelding paid $37 for the win.

In a day of trebles and doubles, Maloney completed a riding double with a win on three-year-old Orient Line in race nine, the benchmark 64 handicap.

It was another outstanding Sale Cup, and the next event at Greenwattle will be held on Friday, November 7.