One of nation's top dogs to race at Lismore greyhound track
SHE is one of Australia's leading dogs - and she is coming back to Lismore.
Two-year-old Punch One Out goes in the $2015 520m Taste of New Italy Cafe Stakes B Division One at tonight's meeting as she continues her return to fitness.
It will be the latest outing for the dog, which has won about $100,000 in prizemoney and has starred at some of the country's top tracks.
"We are hoping for a good hit out," he said.
"You cannot say she will break a record, but if she gets a good start ... you never know.
"If punters are happy to take the short price, they can help themselves."
Fennelly has enjoyed some memorable times with the dog, which was bred by the Central Coast's Dawn Garrett and picked out as a six-week-old puppy by his wife Melissa.
"That was the best thing she's ever done - apart from marrying me," Fennelly joked.
After a string of devastating performances with "freakish" times, including wins at the Lismore track, Fennelly passed the dog onto trainer Jason Mackay at the start of 2013.
She enjoyed further success before sustaining a torn pin muscle earlier this year.
The injury sidelined Punch One Out for more than three months and caused plenty of heartache for Fennelly.
"There were a few sleepless nights," he said.
"We needed to make sure we had everything covered before she came back.
"When you have a dog like this, it is indescribable.
"When you are at a $300,000 race and you know that in 30 seconds the money could be in your pocket because of this dog, it is surreal."
Punch One Out secured an impressive victory on her comeback run at Albion Park last Monday.
Robina-based-Fennelly said he is targeting possible runs in the forthcoming Casino and Lismore cups and is enjoying working again with the dog, which has 18 wins and 12 other podium placings from 39 outings.
"She's brilliant," he said. "She idolises me and I idolise her. Fingers crossed that everything goes well from now on."
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.41pm.
- Lady Jasmin (Box Six, Race six): Up against a decent field but a highly promising campaigner.
- Rylee's Reign (Box Four, Race Seven): A classy performer; should be head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
- Magic Display (Box Six, Race Nine): Highly promising runner.