A right royal record
SHE has been dubbed Queen of the Grafton track, boasting an impressive record of 11 wins from 17 starts at the Clarence Valley's only greyhound track.
One of those wins was in last year's Village Green Sprinters Cup (407m), so it seems fitting that this year's equivalent will be Scissor Queen's last.
The Dave Irwin-trained bitch has brought the Maudsland, Queensland-based trainer much success, with an overall record of 18 firsts and five seconds from her 29 starts.
Irwin confirmed this year's Sprinter's Cup would be his kennel star's last race, and went on to shed some light on what can only be described as a unique and, at times, difficultjourney.
"She's had it tough since her first run," Irwin said.
On that October 12, 2011, night Scissor Queen tore muscles in her abdomen, and has undergone treatment ever since.
"She's had a lot of laser therapy over the year," Irwin explained.
"I would estimate she's had about 700 days of treatment. She gets about five minutes of it every day so it's probably equal to about 3000 hours of it over her career.
"We work on her after every run so it's always touch and go."
Scissor Queen has raced at three main tracks in her career - Grafton, Maitland and Brisbane's Albion Park.
Her 65% win record was not only restricted to Grafton, and she should retire with a 71% success rate at Maitland (five wins from seven races), and 50% at Albion Park (two from four).
A punter's favourite at Grafton, Scissor Queen's finest attribute is her fast starts, according to Irwin.
"She has brilliant early speed and will go well if she starts well," Irwin said.
Scissor Queen got off to another of her trademark fast starts in yesterday's Calcium Plus Stakes (407m), but it was not enough to stop Warragai Boy from claiming victory by a neck.
The close finish will only make Irwin hungrier for success at the Village Green Sprinters Cup, a race Grafton Greyhounds secretary Brad Ellis said was one of the three features of the July Carnival.
"The Sprinters Cup is one of our biggest support races and Scissor Queen will be going for back-to-back wins in her swansong," Ellis said.
"The Westlawn Finance Stayers Cup (610m) is another to watch. Iluka's champion He Knows Uno won it last year but there's no real standout for this year yet.
"Our biggest race will be the Taylor Family and Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden Classic (407m) on July 10."
Grafton Greyhound's July Carnival will start on Monday with heats for the Maiden Classic, and will be the first of the club's Monday night meetings under Greyhound NSW's new schedule.