MORE than 5000 people attended the Sale Greyhound Racing Club to see local star Neo Cleo claim victory in the group one Sale Cup (650m) on Boxing Day.
Trained, owned and bred by Wendy Neocleous at Hazelwood North, Neo Cleo had twice finished runner-up at group level, in the Hume Cup and McKenna Memorial.
As well as great racing, the night included a range of activities for the whole family including rides, jumping castles and food trucks.
The public ‘party paddock’ was a hit with race-goers, with live music and AFL Melbourne football star Max Gawn in attendance.
Gawn is an avid greyhound racing fan and proved to be a popular first addition to Gippsland Carnival.
Greyhound Racing general manager of marketing, Louise Martin, added her thanks to the Sale Club for hosting such an excellent event.
“The Sale Cup is a showcase of our sport. As the first leg of our Gippsland Carnival, it has set the bar high,” she said.
The Sale Cup is the start of the 2018-19 Gippsland carnival, Australia’s biggest greyhound regional series. This is the third year of the carnival, which runs over eight weeks and aims to increase competition and interest in the sport of greyhound racing in the Gippsland area.
The next event will be Warragul Calcutta on Friday, January 4, followed by the Warragul Cup on Saturday, January 12.