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Back-to-back Jarick!

Balliang’s “Team Delbridge” juggernaut rolled on when middle-distance marvel Jarick Bale steamrolled his rivals in the $120,335 Group 1 TRFM Sale Cup (650m) on Boxing Day.

Jarick Bale became only the second greyhound to secure successive Sale Cups, joining Wylie Boy (1995-96) – albeit he won those finals over the 511-metre sprint trip.

It was Jarick Bale’s third G1 victory, and he continued his love affair with Sale’s 650m journey – six wins from eight starts.

Trained by Mark Delbridge, Jarick Bale ($7.20) accelerated quickly from the ‘black’ trap (Box 7) to score a commanding 4.4L win over Dookie Devil ($3.10F) with his kennelmate, G1 Melbourne Cup winner Yachi Bale ($5.40) – handled by Delbridge’s wife Lisa – a further 0.2L away third in 37.09sec.

Jarick Bale (Mar ’19 Allen Deed x Houston Bale) notched his 36th win from 91 starts and the $75,000 first prize spiralled his stakes to $551,293.

Delbridge also finished fourth with Jarick Bale’s older half-brother Christo Bale in 2020 and fourth with Chrichton Bale in 2015.

In the lead-in to the final, Delbridge couldn’t ‘split’ his dynamic duo: “I think they can both win it… They’re much of a muchness. The only difference is that Jarick Bale is proven over 650m, while Yachi Bale is the up-and-comer.”

And they certainly proved prophetic words!

Delbridge is now eyeing the G1 invitational Rookie Rebel (600m) – held during the Australian Cup Carnival in February – with Jarick Bale.

Other feature final winners on a star-studded start to the Gippsland Festival of Racing were:

WATCH: JARICK BALE (B7) lands his second Sale Cup in a row with a stunning 37.09sec all-the-way victory.

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About Peter Quilty - Peter Quilty has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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