Raising money at Sale Quality

David Braithwaite

RACING will take a back seat this Sunday at Greenwattle Racecourse, as Sale Turf Club will use the Sale Quality meeting as its major fundraiser for bushfire relief.

All gate takings, and proceeds from gold coin barbecue, auction, raffles and fashions on the field will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

The barbecue will be operate from 11.30am to 3pm, with fashions on the field from 1pm and auction from 2.30pm.

The 1200 metre Sale Quality is set to attract a quality field, vying for a share of $60,000 in prize money.

The top rated nomination was Rox The Castle, trained by Kerry Edwards at Mornington. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old gelding came fifth in the Sale Cup (1600m) in October after beginning awkwardly, then recovering to take the lead, only to be headed at the turn.

Rox The Castle won the Weekend Hustler Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks earlier.

Cranbourne-based trainer Enver Jusufovic nominated Just Hifalutin, which after winning over 1200m at Flemington 12 months ago, has been out of the placings in her three races since, all over the same distance. The six-year-old mare recently came back from a 44-week spell.

Oberland, trained by Mitchell Freedman at Ballarat is coming off a five-week break. The seven-year-old gelding had back-to-back third placings over the Sale Quality distance at Ballarat and Pakenham in November and December.

Oberland finished third in a 1200m race a Ballarat in November, a place behind Man of His Word. The seven-year-old gelding, trained at Mornington by Dean Krongold, has generally been out of the placings in recent 1200m races, but most have been in the city, so may enjoy the step back in class.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace has nominated Choisborder, which has four wins over the Sale Quality distance. However, the five-year-old gelding didn’t start well in his two runs at Flemington this preparation, including the group three Standish Handicap (1200m) on New Year’s Day, in he finished seventh out of eight starters.

Beginning after the first race of the day, fashions on the field will be judged by Peta Bell, who placed second in the national fashions of the field competition last year, and her stylish partner Danny Archer.

Categories will be best dressed boy, girl and gentleman, best millinery (male or female), classic lady of the day, and contemporary lady of the day.

Entry will cost $5, which will go to GERF.

There will be the chance to meet champion jockey Greg Childs, winner of 72 group one races.

Children will be entertained in the kids precinct, with rides, activities and disco.

Recognising the tough time the region has gone through with fire and drought, all emergency service personnel, people who have been affected by the fires, and farmers, and their families can attend the races free of charge.

There will be free bus services from the Maffra Community Sports Club, and Lakeside Club, Criterion Hotel and Mansi on Raymond, Sale.