Robbie Rotten Stars In Warragul Cup Romp

VICTORIAN greyhound racing ushered in its newest star on Friday night after Robbie Rotten secured the Warragul Cup Final in spectacular style.

Adam Dobbin

15 January 2022

VICTORIAN greyhound racing ushered in its newest star on Friday night after Robbie Rotten secured the Group 2 SEN Track Warragul Cup Final (460m) in spectacular style.

The former New South Wales sprinter delivered 19-year-old trainer Kayla Cottrell yet another major triumph, with a spectacular getaway from box five setting up the all-the-way victory in a fast 25.55.

Finishing second in the $47,000-to-the-winner finale was Melbourne Cup placegetter Kinson Bale 3 ¼ lengths away while Hamillson finished third another head away.

A son of underrated sire Keybow which continues to produce winner after winner, Robbie Rotten hails from a litter which includes fellow top class sprinters More Sauce (20 wins) and Casual Glance (26 wins).

Before heading south, Robbie Rotten was trained in the Hunter Valley by Michael and Michelle Lill where he tasted victory on 10 occasions in spectacular times.

Keen on a change of scenery for his star chaser, owner Deon Hansen reached out to Cottrell on Facebook, with the end result Robbie Rotten racing away with Friday night’s Warragul Cup.

The dazzling success was Robbie Rotten’s fourth on end with Cottrell, who turns 20 in April, now left to consider what’s next for her rising star.

Heats of the Traralgon Cup are slated for next week while the Australian Cup carnival, which runs parallel with the Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup, appear other possible destinations next month as well.

It was at last year’s Australian Cup carnival where Cottrell put her name up lights when becoming the youngest trainer to land a group 1 following Fernando Cazz’s brilliant Rookie Rebel (600m) success.

The aspiring young conditioners training career has gone from strength-to-strength since, ably assisted by father Dave Knocker.

Meanwhile, on a frenetic night of racing at Warragul on Friday night, the $10,000-to-the-winner Match Race Sprint (460m) was taken out by Brother Bearing for Gus Selkrig.

Heavily supported in betting, Brother Bearing ($1.35) defeated Xavien Bale by three lengths in 25.70.

Selkrig is no stranger to success on Warragul Cup night, winning the group 2 final with his grand campaigner Stagger in 2012 before landing the race again four years later with To The Galos.