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The Sale & District Greyhound Racing Club was formed in 1935 with the first meeting conducted on Saturday the 6th February 1936 at the Sale Showgrounds. The track was a straight track commencing at a point where McGhee St is today running along the Dawson Street boundary, it also had a 340 metre circle track and races were conducted over the 250m straight and 340m circle. 120 partons turned up on opening and the first race was won by Nulla Nulla trained by Mr. Frank Gooding.
Some of the highlights of the first month of racing were the attraction of Camel races.
Old timers of this era still reminisce of champion hurdler Calaby, trained by Buck Davidson. Calaby kept winning to the extent that he was handicapped so far behind that part of the fence behind the boxes was removed to accommodate his starting.
Since those early days the Club has raced at a site in Dawson Street just east of the perimeter of the current Agricultural Society arena, then back to the Showgrounds in 1963. A complete rebuild was conducted in 1979 at the cost of $250,000 and the club raced successfully on that complex until moving to the current site also located on the showgrounds in 1982.
Racing commenced at the present complex on the 19th June 1982. Local greyhound, Southern Hunter, trained at Sale by Dennis Sweeney fittingly won the first race conducted. Development of the complex has been ongoing since this time and the current venue stands as a monument to the efforts and initiatives of past and present Committee and Management.
Words like innovative and progressive are very appropriate when talking about the Sale Greyhound Racing Club. In the mid 1980's the Sale Club made the then radical move of racing in the Saturday twilight timeslot in an endeavour to gain TAB coverage. In the 1990's Sale was the only country Club to take up the option of on track gaming machines. Free admission to the track for all meetings soon followed - the first time a Club from any code had offered permanent free admission. The opening of the gaming room in July 1993 with 30 machines (now 70) has provided the funding and impetus for the Club to be able to provide patrons with a facility described in the Metropolitan press as "The Moonee Valley of Greyhound Racing". With the racing and gaming areas complimented by a modern on-site restaurant and extensive asphalted and landscaped areas, tangible proof of the benefits of diversifying from the core racing product are seen.
A total of 60 full time, part time and casual employees are employed each week at Sale Greyhounds. Trainers have certainly embraced the change to the present racetrack. A glance through the honour roll of the Sale Cup shows names like Chariot Supreme, Malawi's Prince, Wylie Boy, Awesome Assassin and Brookside Bear appearing as well as last years winner Bentley Babe. The seemingly bold move in 2001 to run the Sale Cup over the 630m journey, with a first prize of $20,000, produced an outstanding result with brilliant front running stayer Bentley Babe, etching her name on the Cup Honour role. In a lead up event to the Cup top class Sydney Stayer, Restless Stan, deposed Awesome Assassin as the 630m record holder lowering the time standard from 36.27 to a staggering 35.96 seconds.
Current Committee Charter:
President: Leslie Hughes
Vice President: Ron Healey
Treasurer: Julian Sellings