Sale Cup

The Sale Cup is a Listed mile event held at Sale Racecourse in late October the Sunday after Cox Plate Day at The Valley.

2023 Sale Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Maktoob
  • 2nd: #3 Keats
  • 3rd: #1 Riyazan

The 2023 Ladbrokes Sale Cup is a Listed mile event held at Sale Racecourse on the last Sunday of October each year the day after Moonee Valley’s Cox Plate Day meeting.

A handicap event open to horses aged three years and older, the Sale Cup pays $200,000 prize money.

The Sale Cup has developed a reputation over the years as one of the higher quality country cup events. It’s Listed status reflects this, as most country cups are not black type.

The Sale Cup differs from a lot of cup events in that it is only 1600m in distance, however this has not had any effect on the quality of the field over the years.

If you’re looking for lead up races to the Sale Cup, keep an eye on both local mile events and metro races.

Following the Sale Cup, horses pursue a number of different courses. Some step up to Group 1 level, such as 2013 Mouro who went on to several Group 2 and Group 3 races before contesting the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney.

In recent years the race has been known as the Ladbrokes Sale Cup and sponsored by leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Seymour Cup serves as a nice lead-up and All Too Huiying (2020) was the last horse to do the double. More recently the 2021 Sale Cup winner Milton Park improved on a lead-up third in the Seymour Cup.

The previous year the 2019 Sale Cup winner Gold Fields went on to win the Group 3 Sandown Stakes next-up on Zipping Classic Day.

The 2021 Sale Cup form was franked with the winner Milton Park backing-up on Melbourne Cup Day to win a Black-Type Flemington race on the first Tuesday of November.

The Sale Cup 2022 winner Uncle Bryn improved on last place finish (15th) in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) to win the event relishing the drop in grade.

Uncle Bryn went on to run fifth next-up in the $2 million The Five Diamonds race in Sydney before winning that year’s Cranbourne Cup by two lengths in a new track record time.

The Ladbrokes Sale Cup 2023 ran on Sunday October 29th, 2023 and was won in late charge by the Simon Zahra-trained favourite Maktoob ($1.85F). 

2023 Ladbrokes Sale Cup
Date: Sunday October 29th, 2023
Track: Sale Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Ladbrokes Sale Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Maktoob ($1.85F)
  • 2nd: #3 Keats
  • 3rd: #1 Riyazan

The official Sale Cup 2023 results and finishing order will be updated below once the spring showdown takes place on Sunday October 29th, 2023.

Simon Zahra’s in-form five-year-old Maktoob ($1.85F) came with a charging late run to finish over the top of Keats in an exciting Ladbrokes Sale Cup 2023 result for the favourite backers.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 MAKTOOB (GB) Simon Zahra Blaike McDougall 3 54kg $1.85F
2 3 KEATS (IRE) Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 0.75L 5 57.5kg $6
3 1 RIYAZAN (IRE) Vincent Hall Daniel Stackhouse 2L 1 58kg $41
4 6 STARSPANGLED BABY Andrew Perdon Teo Nugent 2.5L 9 54kg $14
5 4 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 5.25L 6 55kg $9
6 2 RUBAMOS Chris Waller Craig Williams 6L 8 58kg $4.40
7 9 FINE WEATHER Damien Walkley Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 6.4L 4 54kg $61
8 7 FLYING BASIL Jackson Pallot Craig Newitt 12.4L 2 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $101
9 8 SEAFIELD ROAD Nick Harnett Ms Tatum Bull (a) 14.15L 7 54kg $15

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Ladbrokes Sale Cup Betting

Betting on the Ladbrokes Sale Cup is led by in-form mile types coming off good runs in similar grade country cup races around Victoria.

Sale Cup odds open the week of the race at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Doubt Defying ($3.60 in 2018) saluted for the punters and he went on to run a credible next-up sixth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes – now run as the VRC Champions Stakes – during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Maktoob ($1.85 in 2023) is the last favourite in Sale Cup betting to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 SALE CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Ladbrokes Sale Cup Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 SALE CUP FORM GUIDE

2023 Sale Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Sale Cup 2023 racing tips this October.

  • To Win: #5 Maktoob ($2.30 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Simon Zahra-trained favourite looks hard to beat in a small Sale Cup field for Sunday with the in-form Awtaad five-year-old coming off some solid spring form. Last time out won a Benchmark 80 over 1700m at Caulfield with 59kg two weeks ago. Will be flying from barrier three down to 54kg here in a winnable race down in distance. Four-time winner from nine starts so plenty of upside. McDougall retains the ride and knows the galloper well. On the up and rates well here.

2023 Sale Cup Field

The Sale Cup field attracts some fairly classy types each year. Like a lot of bigger country cups, the Sale Cup field tends to be a mixture of handy local types alongside some metro horses who may have had a bit more group experience. In recent years some very classy horses have found themselves in the Sale Cup field, often ending up in the money.

The 2023 Sale Cup field will be published below once announced the Thursday prior to Sale Cup Day.

The Ladbrokes Sale Cup 2023 final field features a line-up of spring milers led in betting by last start Caulfield winner Maktoob for trainer Simon Zahra.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 27x059x000 RIYAZAN (IRE) Vincent Hall Daniel Stackhouse (late alt) 1 58kg 92
2 1422x57x53 RUBAMOS Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 58kg 92
3 x43024265x KEATS (IRE) Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 5 57.5kg 91
4 182D80624x DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 6 55kg 86
5 36x115x631 MAKTOOB (GB) Simon Zahra Blaike McDougall 3 54kg 80
6 26024×5617 STARSPANGLED BABY Andrew Perdon Daniel Moor 9 54kg 76
7 41317710×0 FLYING BASIL Jackson Pallot Craig Newitt 2 54kg 69
8 138×701059 SEAFIELD ROAD Nick Harnett Ms Tatum Bull (a) 7 54kg 69
9 285541725x FINE WEATHER Damien Walkley Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 4 54kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Sale Cup History

The Sale Cup is a very old country race and can trace its roots to 1862, when the Sale Turf Club was born. The town of Sale itself was only settled in 1844 and didn’t have a post office until four years later. As such, the Sale Cup is inextricably linked to the history of the town and development of the wider region.

Three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva’s fourth start and second win was at Sale in a Class 1 handicap.

The Sale Cup has developed a strong reputation for producing group winners. You can almost rely on the Sale Cup winner going on to take out a group event in the future.

Notable recent Sale Cup winners include Panoramic Lad (2002), Mr Baritone (2007), Sertorius (2012) and Mouro (2013). Sale Cup results since 2000 are listed below.

Sale Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Sale Cup
1st Maktoob 1 minute 35.74 seconds
2nd Keats
3rd Riyazan
2022
Sale Cup
1st Uncle Bryn 1 minute 36.71 seconds
2nd Flash Aah
3rd White Noise
2021
Sale Cup
1st Milton Park 1 minute 37.68 seconds
2nd Barbie’s Fox
3rd Good And Proper
2020
Sale Cup
1st All Too Huiying 1 minute 43.21 seconds
2nd Exasperate
3rd Phaistos
2019
Sale Cup
1st Gold Fields 1 minute 38.20 seconds
2nd Mandela Effect
3rd Romancer
2018
Sale Cup
1st Doubt Defying 1 minute 35.56 seconds
2nd Fastnet Tempest
3rd Al Passem
2017
Sale Cup
1st Moss ‘N’ Dale 1 minute  36.83 seconds
2nd Fastnet Tempest
3rd Raw Impulse
2016
Sale Cup
1st First Course 1 minute 43.8 seconds
2nd Cool Chap
3rd Manageress
2015
Sale Cup
1st Evangelist 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Harada Bay
3rd Streets Away
2014
Sale Cup
1st Sonntag 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Lightenuff
3rd Red Inca
2013
Sale Cup
1st Mouro 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Mutual Trust
3rd Rhythm To Spare
2012
Sale Cup
1st Sertorius 1 minute 35.97 seconds
2nd Prizum
3rd Utah Saints
2011
Sale Cup
1st Pinnacles 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Lord Pyrus
3rd Cosmic Causeway
2010
Sale Cup
1st Eraset 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Lakedro
3rd Tagus
2009
Sale Cup
1st Offenders 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Nine Tales
3rd Ace Harmony
2008
Sale Cup
1st Electromotive 1 minute 35.4 seconds
2nd Gold Salute
3rd Rockpecker
2007
Sale Cup
1st Mr Baritone 1 minute 36.7 seconds
2nd Eclair Passion
3rd Gotta Have Heart
2006
Sale Cup
1st Emerald Jack 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Thin And Crispy
3rd Red Ali
2005
Sale Cup
1st Benedetti 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Smart And Mighty
3rd Kehlstein
2004
Sale Cup
1st Inspire 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Encosta Legend
3rd Foxborough
2003
Sale Cup
1st Lord Ardsley 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Acetate
3rd Just Like Kelly
2002
Sale Cup
1st Panoramic Lad 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Eagle Rhythm
3rd Count Down
2001
Sale Cup
1st Oval Office 1 minute 35.0 seconds
2nd Arabian Magic
3rd Knockroe
2000
Sale Cup
1st Our Guided Missile 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Seeking
3rd Knockroe

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