THE fairytale story came to life in front of a large crowd at Grafton Greyhounds track last night when Scissor Queen bowed out a champion.

The defending champion lined up in the final of the Village Green Sprinters Cup (407m) with her retirement from racing already settled.

When the boxes opened she was immediately shunted to the back of the field but she recovered, turning on the thrusters when rounding the bend.

She slowly reeled in leader One Inch Punch before forcing her way to victory amid the cheers of the crowd.

Trainer Dave Irwin said it was a fairytale finish for Scissor Queen who had battled adversity for much of her career.

"It's bloody great," Irwin said.

"She likes to stay out and was bumped a bit in the early stages but she kept chasing.

"She just kept chasing and chasing. Not all dogs will do that."

The will to win has been one of Scissor Queen's finest traits.

An abdominal tear suffered in one of her first races has meant Scissor Queen required intensive treatment after almost every run.

Irwin said it was a fitting end to a brilliant career.

"She isn't always brilliant over the first few metres but once she finds it, whoosh, she's gone," he said.

"We had to start over with her about eight times but she never gave up.

"I can only hope I'll get to train another dog like her."

Grafton Greyhounds president John Corrigan was left speechless by last night's performance.

"What can you say?" Corrigan said.

"What a great way to finish her career.

"She normally starts well but she wasn't that great off the line today. The way she fought her way back through the field was brilliant.

"She started in Grafton and finished her career in Grafton and a great race to finish with too."



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