Sale Greyhound Racing Club
The greys of Gippsland
Greyhounds have been racing in Gippsland for over 80 years and the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club is where it’s all been happening. Founded as the Sale Speed Coursing Club by a group of local businessmen and greyhound enthusiasts in 1935, the Club is now one of Australia’s biggest regional greyhound racing hubs and very much part of the Gippsland community.
The Sale community gets behind greyhound racing.
The Sale Speed Coursing Club held its first meeting on January 8, 1936. In the late 1940s, it changed its name to the Gippsland Speed Coursing Club and moved to the eastern side of the Princes Highway. Then in 1963, a new track was built at the Sale Showgrounds with mainly volunteer labour and equipment donated from other clubs, including a judges’ box from the old North Melbourne track which still stands today.
In 1982, the Club moved to its current site at the Showgrounds and introduced gaming machines in 1993 which have helped fund the growth of one of regional Australia’s most well-appointed greyhound racing clubs. The Club’s facilities include the Time Out Café, the Allure at Trackside Bistro and the 150 seat Winning Post Function Room.
Greyhound racing is still very much at the heart of Sale Club which holds about 60 meetings a year including the $108,000 Sale Cup, the only Group 1 race held in regional Victoria, the club’s biggest event of the year which attracts thousands of racegoers.
The Sale Cup, which is traditionally held on Boxing Day, is the first leg of the Gippsland Carnival, which also includes the Warragul, Cranbourne and Traralgon Cups, a great racing series for regional Victoria that also offers activities and events for all the family.
The Sale Greyhound Racing Club is committed to managing its operations with the community in mind and organises and hosts many events to support good causes and give local groups and residents opportunities to meet, raise funds and enjoy themselves.
It directly employs 60 full and part time staff. Beyond the Club, greyhound racing also generates many more indirect local jobs and contributes around $20 million to the Gippsland region. The Club also has a Community Support Fund, works with around 100 local groups and provides its facilities free of charge to local non-profit organisations such as the Wellington Relay for Life Committee and the Sale Football Club.
Sale Greyhound Racing Club awards grants to community groups
The Sale Greyhound Racing Club (SGRC) made donations of nearly $30,000 to community groups throughout its local area this week.
The SGRC presented cheques ranging from under $1,000 up to $5,000 to 10 organisations throughout the Wellington Shire.
The donations were part of the Sale Club’s Community Fund, which is a Club program that aims to assist local community projects.
The Sale United Football Club and Bundalaguah Hall both received $5,000, while the Heyfield Community Centre got a grant of $4,760 to help create a community garden.
The Maffra Cemetery Trust was also allocated $2,730 which will go towards a children’s memorial pergola.
Other community organisations to receive grants included the Sale Croquet Club, The Lion’s Club, Golden Paradise Beach Bowls Club, the Sale Football and Netball Club, the Wellington Cycle Club and the Rosedale Bowls Club.
The Great Chase
This annual event raises money for community groups that work with the aged and disabled and gives their clients a great day out at the races. Since 2003 the Sale Great Chase Community Days have donated around $20,000 to local community groups.
The Red Dog Run
First held in 2016, The Red Dog Run supports the ANZAC Day Appeal by donating $250 to the RSL every time a greyhound out of the red No.1 box wins any race in the week leading up to ANZAC Day.
The Club hosts Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) adoption days and regular assessments for retiring racers so they can enter GAP.
Senior Vice President
Junior Vice President
Dawn Johnston, John Elston, Danny Waugh,
Heather Harper, Julian Sellings and Moyle Shimmi
Club sponsors include TRFM / 1242 Gippsland and TABCORP
Maffra-Sale Rd, Sale VIC 3850
Postal Address: PO Box 44, Sale, 3850
Club hours: Race days Sunday Midday – 11 PM; Monday-Saturday 9am till late.
Enquiries and bookings
- Function and Conference facilities,
- TAB and ATM on premises
- Gaming room
- Bingo centre
- On-site Motor Home and Caravan Park.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Children’s playground
- Free parking
With a father who was a former President of the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club and school principal, it’s not surprising that Stephanie Tyler became a greyhound owner, trainer and parade official at the Sale Club and a teacher at one of Sale’s largest primary schools. Proudly supported by her father Laurence and her husband Sam, Stephanie regularly races her greyhound, She’s A Collinda, at Sale and other local clubs. The family and work connections don’t stop there, with her mother Linda making the greyhound vegemite on toast for breakfast most days and Stephanie’s pupils cheering it on in class.
Thanks to greyhounds, Laurence Cameron now has quite a collection of paintings around his home in Maffra. When he was racing his dogs, Laurence would celebrate a good win by spending some of his prize money on an original work by a local artist, including landscapes of the Gippsland region where he was born and still lives now. A former President of the Sale and District Greyhound Racing Club and retired school principal, Laurence no longer races greyhounds himself but is still involved in the sport through the Sale Club and providing support and advice for his daughter Stephanie, herself an owner, trainer and school teacher.
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