Scissor Queen a cut above her rivals in Sprinters’ Cup
SCISSOR Queen should start tonight's Village Green Sprinters' Cup a clear favourite in what will be her final race.
The four year old is set to be retired following the feature race, following a well-documented battle with abdominal injuries and a winning record that stands at 63%.
If she gets a good start Scissor Queen is almost unbeatable over the 407m distance, and could set up a tilt at history for trainer Dave Irwin.
"It would be mega rare for a trainer to get the double," Grafton Greyhounds secretary Brad Ellis said.
"The winning double of the Stayers and Sprinters Cups has probably happened but I can't remember the last time it did."
Irwin is the only trainer to have dogs in both the Westlawn Finance Stayers Cup and Village Green Sprinters Cup, and has doubled his chances by having two dogs qualify.
His Stayers Cup entrants Bralyn Nicky and John's Son will have their work cut out for them, as they come up against "one of the best dogs in Queensland".
"They will find it very hard to beat Starliner," Ellis said.
"She's probably the gun 600-700m dog in Queensland. She's recently been up against some of the best stayers in the land and has performed well.
"Anything can happen in greyhounds, but if Starliner gets a clear run it will be very tough to beat."
The biggest race on Grafton Greyhounds' calendar by far is the $12,000 Taylor Family/Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden Classic.
Ellis nominated Lady Jasmin as a strong chance for victory, but said there would be a major challenge coming from She's Scandalous.
"Lady Jasmin has brilliant early speed and is one to beat," Ellis said.
"There are quite a few chances in that race though. She's Scandalous came from three lengths down last week to win in a really good time."
Lady Jasmin's trainer Frank Hancock admitted he had a chance to win the Classic, but stressed it was only that.
Hancock will have two dogs in the feature race, but said Lady Hannalore was an outside chance to feature in the pointy end of the 407m Classic.
"I do have two chances but I'm not overly confident," Hancock said.
"She's Scandalous missed the start and still came home in a time very close to Lady Jasmin. Chant is another strong dog.
"I'm hoping Lady Hannalore can run a place but if they run to what they're capable of, they'll do well."