By Neil Archer
Little Ripper proved he still has plenty to offer on the race track when he notched up the 28th win of his career in Monday's $10,000-to-the-winner QGOLD Final over 460 metres at Bundaberg.
Lining up for his 96th race start, Little Ripper ($6) took advantage of his inside draw to lead comfortably and went on to beat Durham ($12) with odds-on favourite Oh Minnie ($1.70) in third.
It was Little Ripper's 22nd win at Bundaberg - his other six wins were over the 395 metres at Albion Park - and he has now won in excess of $77,000 in prize money.
Gympie trainer Lucy Roche, who took out her trainer's license last March, was naturally thrilled by the performance and thinks there are still a few more wins in store for the racing veteran.
"I went into Monday's race pretty hopeful," Roche said.
"I knew he wasn't 100 per cent race-fit, but he drew the right box and he had trialled well going into the race. He's a tough old marvel who knows the Bundaberg track so well and I knew he wouldn't roll over.
"It was my first feature win, so I was very proud of him. He's just a beautiful dog to be around. He just loves getting kisses and cuddles."