NSW star No Donuts upstaged his Victorian counterparts to clinch the $107,250 Group 1 Gold 1242 Sale Cup (650m) on Boxing Day evening.
Third in the market at $4.80 behind Lithgow Panther ($3.00) and Come On Fantasy ($4.50), No Donuts got off to a great start from box 5 and was never headed, much to the delight of trainer Brad Canty.
“I was quietly confident because he has been in sensational form, running a track record at Maitland and some very quick times at Richmond in recent weeks,” Canty said of the son of Fabregas and Chevy Princess.
“He ran second in the Queensland Derby and second in the Richmond Derby, so he deserved a big race win.”
The only greyhound in the $75,000 to-the-winner final to make the Sale Cup final, Canty said he was proud to represent NSW and – with a hint of admiration – that “it is good to beat the Victorians because they win just about everything.”
“I had planned this trip to Victoria with him two months ago, but I had to weigh up whether to put him in the ($145,000) Silver Chief (525m) at The Meadows or the Sale Cup. In the end I decided on the Sale Cup because he is a bit tardy early so I thought the extra distance would suit him better.”
Canty was undecided about his plans for No Donuts, who has now won 18 races from 35 starts and $163,000 in prize money.
“He has just turned two and a half, and the Sale Cup series is the first time he has stepped up to 650m. But I still don’t know whether he can stay or not. Based on tonight’s run, I think he will be able to stay, because he had some really strong stayers on his hammer tonight but they couldn’t catch him,” he said.
Canty and a handful of friends had made the trip south from NSW on the night, and after the win they placed $2,000 on the bar for the large crowd to enjoy.
The Sale Cup was one of four feature races held on Sale Cup night – the others being the $10,000 Sale Mazda Summer Cup (won by Xtreme Knocka), the $14,200 Balec Electrical Rising Stars Final (Arby) and the $14,200 Christmas Gift (Shared Bonus).
Coldstream’s Sue Dalton, co-trainer of Arby, declared after after Arby took out the $10,000 first prize in the Rising Stars that “this is the richest race we’ve ever won.”
WATCH: No Donuts (5) wins the 2015 Gold 1242 Sale Cup.