Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cyndie's Sad Swansong

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Cyndie's Sad Swansong

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Auction series fires up

TOMORROW night is the opening round of the lucrative Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction series.

Four heats will be run over 520 metres.

The first four placegetters in each heat will move to semi-finals tomorrow week, so it's not sudden death if a greyhound doesn't win in round one.

The $40,000 to the winner final is on Easter Saturday night, March 31.

Pups sold at the October 2016 Ipswich puppy auction are eligible for this series.

Miss Amelia, for Reg Hazelgrove, looks well suited from box one in heat one.

Brandi Alexander, for Tom Tzouvelis, is the favourite for heat two, from box two.

Tzouvelis has a runner in each heat. Lightly raced Femme Folle can certainly win heat four from box seven for him.

The in-form Tray Bit, for Fred Swain (box three), looks the one to beat in the other heat.



WHEN pin-up greyhound Cyndie's Magic stepped onto the track for race eight at the Ipswich Showgrounds last Thursday night, few people -- myself included -- were aware that we would be watching the popular greyhound's racetrack swansong.

Cyndie's Magic is one of the most popular greyhounds to ever race in Queensland.

This is due to her consistency, durability and the fact that she won most of her races coming from well back in the field.

Cyndie's Magic was last at the first turn last week and unleashed her powerhouse finishing burst to get up and win the 520 metres event.

Owner Cynthia (aka Cyndie) and trainer Bill Elson decided there and then that it would be fitting if their pride and joy bowed out as a winner.

"It all started at Ipswich so we thought it a good idea that she should end her career there, and on a winning note,'' Bill said.

The daughter of Magic Sprite and Regal Silver won her maiden over 431 metres at Ipswich on October 29, 2014.

She went on to have 152 starts for 45 wins, 41 seconds and 26 thirds.

Thirty-five of those wins were at Albion Park (a record for that track), eight at Ipswich and one each at Rockhampton and Casino. The vast majority of greyhounds have less than 100 starts.

"There's not one win that really stands out, they were all pretty special. …

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