By Alex Nolan
Queensland's magic greyhound that captured the hearts and minds of an entire industry and punters nationwide is about to embark on a new career as a mother.
Cyndie's Magic bowed out a winner at the place where the magic began four years ago on Thursday night, rounding up her rivals in customary last-to-first style at Ipswich to record career win 45.
Almost six months to the day since last saluting the judge at Albion Park, the Bill Elson-trained flier looked back to her brilliant best in rounding up Arden Street in a time of 30.75sec.
"She started her career at Ipswich so it was fitting that she finished her career at Ipswich," Elson said.
"It was my plan to retire her after this run becasue she's about to come into season."
Elson notified Racing Queensland on Friday morning that Cyndie was to be retired to start a new life as a mum, with plans to breed her with Fernando Bale.
Elson had hinted at retirement almost one year ago in the lead-up to the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival - but was swayed to push on after the superstar won three-in-a-row prior to running third behind Fanta Bale in the Group 1 UBET Gold Cup.
Cyndie's Magic debuted at Ipswich on 29 October 2014, bolting in a maiden by 6.75L.
Her first Group 1 placing came a year later when she finished second to Dyna Double One in the Brisbane Cup at Albion Park. She would place at the highest level five times in her career.
Cyndie's Magic went on to start 152 times for 45 wins, 41 seconds and 26 thirds, finishing with career prize money of $424,884.
Elson found it tough to nail down one particular highlight.
"I suppose the Rockhampton Cup was a good win," the quietly spoken trainer said.
"When she came second to Dyna Double One (in the Brisbane Cup) that was an exciting run as well."
Elson also thanked Cyndie's regular handler Nicole Connell, who took the lead when Elson was battling knee pain and subsequent surgery.
"She led her out all the time when my leg got crook. She put her hand up and ever since has taken her out. She wouldn't let her go. I wouldn't give her to anyone else anyway," Elson said.
"You have to do the right thing by people when they do the right thing by you."
Elson recognised what a tremendous ambassador his greyhound had been for Queensland greyhound racing.
"She's been a pretty good ambassador for us too," he quipped.