Tenambit trainer Deon Hansen was scrolling through Facebook one night when he came across an advertisement for a giveaway greyhound with exceptional breeding. A blue son of Keybow and Ness Quick, now formally known as Robbie Rotten was on offer and Hansen sprung into action to contact Michael Lill to express his interest in taking the greyhound to train.
“I was lucky enough to get him off Michael and Michelle Lill and thought he would be good for me being a hobbyist, as I juggle training with my work commitments.”
“I first took him to The Gardens, and he came out flying and I thought wow how good’s this and then he turned around and ran back to me.”
Hansen wasn’t entirely sure what his next move would be and sourced the advice of experienced trainers who were more than willing to share their wisdom.
“A couple of people told me to take him to Redhead trial track and just get him chasing the drag up the straight.”
“His first trial there was unbelievable, and he ran the best of the day.”
“I took him back a couple of more times and he did the same thing and just flew.”
“I thought it was time to take him back to the track, so I put him over the 400m at Maitland and he ran 22.50 and I couldn’t believe it.”
“Mick and Michelle Lill offered to take him back and train him for me and with my work commitments and the fact I am only new to training, I couldn’t let the opportunity go as they have an amazing strike rate and I knew they would look after him so well.”
“When I started training, Mick offered me leads and beds and was just so hopeful in helping me get started, so I knew they were good people.”
It was a dream debut for the combination of Hansen and Lill, with a winning double for both trainer and owner with Robbie Rotten flying over the 388m journey at Gosford in 22.12, with Raw Drama finishing a gallant second.
This 33kg blue blazer has saluted on a further three occasions, including a sensational victory at Maitland last Monday night in his first attempt over the 450m in 25.03.
“It’s amazing how well his going.”
“I was there on Monday night and the feeling of watching your dog win when you’re at the track is just unbelievable.”
“My wife got to see him win live at Gosford on Gold Cup Night and we were all just so excited.”
“The first dog I’ve ever fell in love with, which just shows how special he is.”
Greta based Michelle Lill is no stranger to success of late with star sprinter Casual Glance a gallant third placegetter in January’s Gosford Gold Cup final and More Sauce a winner of eight from twelve starts, including a blistering 21.99 over the 400m at Maitland in January.
With the Group Two East Maitland Bowling Club Cup approaching, Hansen and Lill could snare a famous local victory with a greyhound who is ripening at the right time.