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Little Ripper grabs Bundy QGOLD glory

9 February 2024

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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."



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Little Ripper was having just his second start for Roche after he was gifted to her by his previous trainer David Plummer.

The Hervey Bay trainer - Plummer - has taken a break from training greyhounds after battling with cancer.

"It was great to win this race, especially as David and his wife Nancy had put such a lot into this dog," Roche said. 

"When David gave him to me, he wasn't sure just how much racing he actually had left in him, but asked me if I was interested in taking him on.  But, judging by Monday's performance, I'd say he can at least make it to his 100th start and win a few more races before he's finished.

"And, I think he can still go a bit quicker than he did on Monday. The problem could be finding suitable races for him. There aren't a lot of 460 metre or 315 metre Open races in Bundaberg.

"He certainly doesn't know how old he is. Leading up to the QGOLD he was bouncing around like a pup. I think he was feeling his age a little bit after the race but he's back to his old self now. He'll let us know when he's had enough of racing."