Versatile Queensland chaser Cyndie’s Magic produced a powerful finishing burst to run second to Victorian champion Dyna Double One in the Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup (520m) at Albion Park last Thursday night taking her career earnings over the one hundred thousand dollar mark.
Trainer Bill Elson wasn’t overly surprised,
“I thought she’d go well, I knew she’d come home really strong.”
He was right. The daughter of Magic Sprite and Regal Silver closed off her race with an exceptional 12.42 run home sectional, a mark which has only been bettered by a handful of greyhounds around the Albion Park circuit, and .16 faster than eventual winner Dyna Double One.
Her strength should be no surprise, however, since she performed admirably in the Group 1 Brisbane Gold Cup series back in June, which she arguably could have won if not for significant interference on the home turn.
Elson believes that a return to the middle and staying distances is not too far away.
“I’m toying with (the idea of) the Sale Cup (650m).”
The Group 1, $75,000 to the winner series will be run at the Gippsland track later this month with the heats on December 19 and the final on Boxing Day. It is the only elite level greyhound race in Australia run at a provincial track.
Closer to home, next month’s Group 3 Queensland Cup series (600m) at Albion Park is also on the agenda.
“Yes, that would be in her targets too.” He said.
Her first assignment, however, is this Thursday night and a return to a 5th Grade 520m event where she lines up in box five in race three, and given that the class drop appears significant, she should be hard to beat.
“She needs luck in a race, but it’s a bit different to (chasing) Dyna Double One. She’s going to be hard to hold out (Thursday), she’ll go back to last and just go through and have the last crack at them.”
Not even being three years of age, Cyndie’s Magic appears to have plenty of quality racing left in her. But a breeding career seemingly beckons at its conclusion given that she is a daughter of Bill’s prolific producer Regal Silver.
“Yeah we’ll most probably breed with her.” Elson said
Regal Silver, a daughter of Surf Lorian and Wongawillisue, has produced winner after winner with her first three litters by Premier Fantasy, Magic Sprite and Fabregas. She also has a litter to Cosmic Chief that is just over 12 months old and a repeat mating to Premier Fantasy was performed earlier this year.
Bill is hoping that they can emulate the performances of the first Premier Fantasy mating which earned over $432,000 in prize money and included top line performers Abby’s Fantasy, Bill’s Fantasy, Cyndie’s Special and Hope’s Fantasy.
Given that he has greyhounds of the quality of Cyndie’s Magic in his kennel, it appears that Bill Elson’s success is far from over.