WITH coronavirus restrictions being eased across Victoria, spectators and punter were permitted to attend Sunday night’s Sale greyhounds meeting.
Previously only race participants and officials were allowed on course.
Patrons were assigned a seat, and had to stay there unless getting food or drinks, having a bet or using the amenities.
Two heats of the 650 metre Sale Distance Championship highlighted the 12-race program.
Christo Bale, trained by Mark Delbridge at Balliang, raced away to win the first heat in 37.33s.
The dog entered as the favourite, coming off six runs in which he finished second or third.
Sale Cup Prelude winner Lot Coin Bade, trained by Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany, finished third to advance to next Sunday’s final, as did She Wiggles, who came fourth for Dawn Johnston at Boisdale.
The second heat was won by I’m Easy Boys, trained by Ray Henness at Heathcote, in 37.43s.
Henness and Delbridge each had three winners on the night.
Henness’ Namida won the 520m mixed grade four and five, while No Payer won a heat of the 440m grade five series in 25.34s ahead of final-bound Stormcast, trained by Wendy Fasoli at Heyfield.
The fastest heat winner was Delbridge’s Fergusta Bale in 25.04s. Tippa finished third for Des Douch at Maffra to also advance to next Sunday’s final.
West Of Westeros won the other heat for Johnston in 25.25s. West Of Westeros was in third place at the top of the home straight before flying home to win by a length.
Delbridge opened his account in race two, a 440m grade seven, with Nihari Bale, who won after being in fourth at the top of the straight.
She’s Our Rocket, trained Leanne Burke at Alberton West, claimed a third win from six starts by taking out race three, a 440m grade six in a photo finish from Go Gem, trained by Lesley Russell at Sale. Prize Diamond, trained at Heyfield by Susan Northway, finished third.
Following a win at Warragul last Tuesday night, Citadel Of Chaos, trained by Douch, won race seven, a 440m mixed grade four and five, by two lengths from Suspense Rules, trained by Brian Alford at Yarram. Aston Frigate finished third for Gary McMillan at Nambrok.
Airly Blueboy, trained by Gayle Elston at Sale, passed Take A Sunflower late to win race nine, a 440m restricted win event, by a head. Madalia Daisy, trained by John Connor at Rosedale, came third.
The night began with Girls Got Rhythm winning a 440m maiden for Steven Van Oirschot at Devon Meadows, with Freddie Cruiser, trained by Lyn Smith at Nambrok, third.
Race five, a 440m grade five, was won by Too Be Sure, trained by Chris Johannsen at Devon Meadows, ahead of Duke Of Airly, trained by Bruce Russell at Sale. Avenger Spolly was first of three Spoljaric dogs to fill the next three places.