Ripping Speed followed closely by Park Lane McLean at the last Bundaberg meeting.
Ripping Speed followed closely by Park Lane McLean at the last Bundaberg meeting. Mike Knott

Racing returns to the Park

DOG racing will return to Thabeban Park for the first time in three weeks with a bumper eight-event program tomorrow, with Bundaberg Greyhound of the Year Uno Leo a likely favourite for the New Year's Cup.

The Tracy Kunde-owned and trained dog suffered a rare defeat in Bundaberg at the last meeting here on December 17, being edged out by El Fooling, which is also engaged again.

Up-and-comer El Fooling, which is trained at Tiaro by Kevin Bryant and now boasts six wins and a second from seven starts at the Park, has not raced since, while Uno Leo made the trip to Lismore on December 27 and ran a gallant second in a 520m fifth grade.

El Fooling is the more favourably drawn of the pair over the 460m course in box three, with Uno Leo to come from box six, and another great duel is expected between them, both in the betting ring and on the track.

Bundaberg Cup place-getter Large Shot also returns to Bundaberg after three starts at Wentworth Park, where he had for a second and two fifth placings in which he was far from disgraced. in either.

Ripping Speed also won well at the last local meeting.

But the tiny bitch is the first reserve and if she does get a run, it will be tough stepping up from fourth grade.

Even if she starts in the third and fourth grade, her task will not be easy there either, against the likes of Ilika Malika, which has three seconds from four starts on the track, including in the Young Guns final, and is coming off an Albion Park 395m fifth grade win.

Two maidens will start the program, and in the first, Cheeky Bit, which has been runner-up at her only two starts so far, only needs to handle the track to take a power of beating, while Windsor dog Em's Cody is the one to beat in the second.

Kim Linn appeals in the Novice, while her trainer Henry Plunkett also has a strong hand in the Battlers Fifth Grade with Richo's Choice and Ring Rang Doo and in the fourth and fifth grade with Chin Chin.

Track debutant Step Up Lass, which won an Ipswich maiden four starts back and a novice on the same track two runs ago, stands out as a special in the fifth grade.

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