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Magic greyhound and softly spoken trainer begin final group one quest

As the “Queen of Queensland greyhound racing” vies to win her first Group 1 in the UBET Gold Cup, the trainer of Cyndie’s Magic has revealed this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival (June 6 – July 6) could be her last before retirement.


Quietly spoken Churchable trainer Bill Elson said it would be “really good” to help his flying four-year-old secure her first Group 1 success, before she comes into season in “three or four months.”


Cyndie’s Magic’s has earned a whopping $357,953 in her 117-start career, which includes 41 wins and 47 minor placings, with her get back and fly home racing pattern capturing the imagination of punters across the country.


Video of her wins have gone viral across social media, none more-so than last week’s come from behind win over 520m at Albion Park. 



She returns to Brisbane on Thursday night for the heats of the Garrards Winter Chase Series (710m), considered an important lead up series to the Gold Cup.


Elson won’t be on track, as he continues to recover from reconstructive knee surgery, but he’s confident the bitch will record her sixth win from her past eight starts from box eight.


“She’ll bolt in,” he said.


“She pulled up really nicely last week. I reckon she’s going better this year than any (other).


“We haven’t done anything different. She’s just continued to improve as she gets older.”  


Cyndies Magic – 117 starts: 41 wins, 47 placings

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To finish on the podium 75% of the time is a truly remarkable effort and, while the majority of her races have been over 520m at Albion Park, distance appears to be of little importance with her wins ranging from 431m to 710m.


“She’s good over the 710m but I would say 600m is her ideal distance,” Elson said.


“She just sits back and relaxes in the first half of the race and then just lets go. She knows where the winning post is.


“You can never really write her off … there’s only a couple of dogs I have seen do that.”


Elson said this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival would “more than likely” be her last.


While a Group 1 win has so far eluded Cyndie’s Magic, the talented chaser has placed three times at the top level and was the winner of the Group 3 Queensland Cup earlier this year.


“It would be really good because it will be her last crack at it too,” he said.


Thursday night's Albion Park meeting also features heats of the Mick Byrne Memorial Series (520m).


Down south, the Tony Apap-trained Bubble Guppy has drawn box two for the Harrison-Dawson (Group 1) final at Sandown Park.


The Gatton-based dog is the only Queensland-trained greyhound racing interstate this weekend.


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