A giveaway greyhound, Robbie Rotten – once a “problem child” – showed his rivals a clean pair of paws to land a $47,000 first prize.
Owned by Deon Hanson, Robbie Rotten ($7.20) exploded from the ‘yellow’ trap (Box 5) and led from go to whoa in defeating G1 Melbourne Cup third placegetter Kinson Bale ($9.60) by 3.34 lengths with rising star Hamillson ($6.60) a further 0.15 lengths away third in a slick 25.55sec.
It was his 14th win from 29 starts, including four wins in a row and eight of his past 10, and his stakes catapulted to $85,240.
“He might be the next big thing,” said RSN’s racecaller Kyle Galley as Robbie Rotten crossed the line.
And Corey Smith, who co-hosted the Cup presentation on GRV’s Watchdog website, said: “If you were buying shares in a greyhound trainer, Kayla Cottrell would be one of them.”
“He (Robbie Rotten) is an older dog – he’s over three – but as a pup he wouldn’t go at all and his owner Deon (Hanson) got him as a ‘giveaway’,” Cottrell said.
“He’s from a very good litter, which also includes More Sauce (runner-up G2 Black Top and G2 Maitland Cup), but he was the problem child. Not anymore!”
Cottrell didn’t know Hanson at all. But one night she got a message on Facebook, saying he’d been following her career so far and thought ‘Robbie’ might benefit from a change of scenery and that he’d love to have a dog racing in Victoria.
“He’s a grouse kennel dog, we didn’t rush him, just let him settle him and gave him a look around the tracks and he’s going super,” Cottrell added.
Cottrell, who will turn 20 in April, became Victoria’s youngest ever G1-winning trainer when Fernando Cazz won the G1 Rookie Rebel last February.
In another highlight, Brother Bearing took out the $10,000 winner-take-all Cup Night Match Race (460m).
Leading all the way, Brother Bearing ($1.10F) accounted for Xavien Bale ($3.70) by 2.9 lengths in 25.70sec.
It was his 11th win from 21 starts, including six of his past seven. He’s now three from four over Warragul’s sprint trip and has won $38,865.
Ironically, the longest-priced Warragul Cup winner in the past decade is the Selkrig-trained Stagger ($11.40) in 2012.
And the race record (25.34sec) belongs to To The Galo’s, also trained by Selkrig, in 2016. It was also a new track record at the time.
Selkrig also finished third with Peter Galo (47 wins from 82 starts) in the 2020 Warragul Cup.
Photos by: Clint Anderson
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