Dookie Devil overcomes Sale Cup setback in Rookie Rebel win

Dookie Devil with connections after winning the 2023 Group 1 Rookie Rebel (The Meadows, 600m) in 34.28. (Photo: Jason McKeown Photography)

The Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) at The Meadows on Saturday night saw Dookie Devil come out on top, in a thrilling victory thanks largely to greyhound trainer Glenn Dainton.

The victory marked Dainton's second Group 1 title, with his first coming in 2018 when Black Impala won the Group 1 Hume Cup (The Meadows, 600m).

Dookie Devil, who had not raced since finishing second to Jarick Bale in the 2022 Group 1 Sale Cup on , made his highly anticipated return to the track in 2023 in , where he left his competitors in the dust with a fast time of 34.28.

Dookie Devil beat defending Rookie Rebel champion by 3.1 lengths, with further back in third.

Dookie Devil was charged with after the running of the Cup and suspended for 28 days from racing at greyhound track Sale.

After the incident at the Sale Cup, Dainton decided to appeal the decision to the Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT), but the appeal was unsuccessful.

Undeterred, Dainton shifted his focus to getting Dookie Devil ready for a successful comeback, and his efforts paid off with the first-up Group 1 Rookie Rebel win.

It was greyhound trainer, Glenn Dainton's second attempt at winning a Rookie Rebel having previously started Bookkeeper in the 2014 Rookie Rebel for last placing.

Dookie Devil, who has been racing for less than a year; is now a dual Group-winner adding the Group 1 Rookie Rebel to his 2022 ( Park, 595m) win.

Now that the win is under his belt, Dainton has his sights set on getting Dookie Devil into the series (Dubbo, 605m) in March as the NSW race series offers prizemoney of $150,000, making it the richest middle-distance series in the world.

Dookie Devil's victory marked his 12th win out of 26 races, with a further eight placings. The win was also his fourth in his last five races, and his fourth in his last six races over 600m at The Meadows. With this win, Dookie Devil's earnings rose to $192,195.

2023 Group 1 Rookie Rebel (The Meadows, 600m) – Dookie Devil (34.28) T: Glenn Daonton

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