Sale Cup

THE Sale Cup is one of the more popular country cup races in Victoria.

Held during the Melbourne spring carnival, the $200,000 group three feature runs on a Sunday in late October and it typically attracts a quality field with horses attending from the major Victorian and New South Wales stables.

Unlike most cup races in the spring, the Sale Cup is run over only 1600m, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Chris Waller and Darren Weir from lining up their quality staying talent.

Sale Cup day is run a day after the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, which means punters are already in the punting mood and are after something a little more relaxing. The Sale Cup offers that relaxing atmosphere, but also a quality racing card complete with many on-course activities including the Fashions on the Field.

Also in Victoria on the same day is the Hamilton Cup, which is run over 2200 metres and is worth $60,000.

When and where is the Sale Cup?

The Sale Cup will be run and won on Sunday, October 29, at the Sale Turf Club.

Sale is situated about 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne in the Gippsland Region of Victoria. You can also access Sale via train with it taking around three hours from Melbourne.

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Recent Sale Cup winners

Ben Thompson wins Sale Cup on First Course
Ben Thompson wins the Sale Cup onboard First Course in 2016. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

2016: First Course created an upset all-the-way win in 2016. The eight-year-old turned back time by leading from the outset with apprentice jockey Ben Thompson in the saddle. The Ken Keys-trained son of Snitzel relished the heavy track conditions to hold off the talented Cool Chap and Manageress in a driving finish. The field was depleted due to the track conditions with the well-favoured Ulmann and Coldstone withdrawing from the race. The time of 1:43.80 was the slowest in the last 16 years.

2015: Rain once again affected the track conditions at Sale, but that didn’t bother outsider Evangelist, which scored at odds of $30. The Tony McEvoy-trained six-year-old defeated the talented field to score the prize. Kiwi jockey Daniel Stackhouse was desperate in the finish to hold off Harada Bay and Streets Away, but the European-bred runner was simply too adaptable in the tough conditions. There were some quality runners in behind including Rhythm To Spare and The Bowler, which made the win even more impressive.

2014: Known more as a long distance type, Sonntag scored the mile win in 2014. The Henry Dwyer-trained runner was having its first run back since winning the 2014 Queensland Derby and it wasn’t expected to be able to run the distance so early in the season, but its class prevailed. The four-year-old scored by a long neck in one of the closest finishes in Sale Cup history. Sonntag wouldn’t be able to continue its hot run of form throughout the remainder of its career, but the Sale Cup victory remains one of its biggest successes.

2013: Tony McEvoy is a multiple winner of the Sale Cup and he scored with the well-fancied Mouro in 2013. The imported son of Grand Slam was well-backed into $5.50 with bookmakers and it proved why on race day. The five-year-old scored a comfortable win by a length and despite the field not featuring any superstars, the win was impressive all the same. All the big jockeys were out in force with Nick Hall winning, Nash Rawiller running third and Hong Kong-bound apprentice Chad Schofield running in third.

2012: Sertorius continued its good form when winning the Sale Cup in 2012. The quality gelding made it four-from-four that campaign and it was no surprise to see it start as the $1.95 favourite. Following the Sale Cup win, it would continue its winning streak at Flemington next start before winning the Sandown Classic the following season. Two group one placings would follow in a stellar career it goes down as one of the best winners of the Sale Cup.

Sale Cup winners list

2016 – First Course
2015 – Evangelist
2014 – Sonntag
2013 – Mouro
2012 – Sertorius
2011 – Pinnacles
2010 – Eraset
2009 – Offenders
2008 – Electromotive
2007 – Mr Baritone
2006 – Emerald Jack
2005 – Benedetti
2004 – Inspire
2003 – Lord Ardsley
2002 – Panoramic Lad
2001 – Oval Office
2000 – Our Guided Missile