A big weekend sets the scene for the Sale Greyhound Cup
By Des Dooley, Racing Manager at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club
The Sale Greyhound Racing Club's biggest fortnight of racing commenced over weekend with high quality racing in front of bumper crowds.
With in excess of $170,000 in stake money up for grabs on Boxing Day, it is little wonder that Victoria and Australia’s best trainers support these events.
Heats of the Dunkley's Machinery Rising Stars and the Sale Motor Group Summer Cup were the main attraction on Saturday's program and patrons were treated to some outstanding performances in the heats.
Anthony Azzopardi made the 4 hour trek from Myrniong with a team of hopefuls and set the standard for the Rising Star heats when New South Wales bred youngster, Whiskey Riot, set the track alight running a scintillating 24.56 seconds for the 440 metre trip.
The other 4 heats were won by What’s Up Skip (Lachlan Floyd), It’s a Thrill (John De La Roche), Mia Tesoro (Kate Gorman) and Jebrynah Helios (Rocky Crisafi). Main opposition to Whiskey Riot will come from the beaten dogs in the heats. Blistering, who ran 2nd to Whiskey Riot, and the John Westerlo trained Solid Bling, are both greyhounds with big futures and will be competive in the final.
The Summer Cup heats also provided exciting racing with the Seona Thompson trained Azkaban turning in a sensational performance in getting within a length and a half of the long standing and seemingly “impossible to beat" track record of Shooting Star.
Other heat winners were locally trained greyhounds Alberto for William McMahon and Audacious Poppy for Ken Holland. Bad luck seems the only obstacle for Azkaban, with Blue Sky Riot appealing as a likely improver to also finish around the money.