Since its inception in 2002, the Group 3 Magic Maiden has become a race which trainers have targeted with their unraced greyhounds.
Carrying stakes of $25,000 to the winner, the Magic Maiden has been the start to the careers of numerous quality dogs.
The biggest name to contest the series didn’t win the final. Back in 2014 David Pringle’s unraced dog Shakey Jakey contested the heats of the Magic Maiden. He would win his heat by 22 lengths and clock 29.07s, a time which not only shattered the track record, but still stands today as the time standard at Wentworth Park. Pringle decided to retire the dog immediately and send him to stud.
The race also produced a remarkable tale in 2019 when the offspring of Barcia Bale and national sprint champion Chica Destacada, took six places in the Magic Maiden final.
The six pups were all owned by the Dee & Pee Syndicate of Dennis Donoghue and Peter McDermott, and on the same night their half-sister by Fernando Bale, Veloce Nero, won the Group 1 Association Cup, the pups filled the first four placings in the Magic Maiden.
The winner was Timeless Moment, trained by Kerry Drynan, whose mother Doreen trained Chica Destacada. Timeless Moment's siblings Making A Memory and Really Unreal filled the placings, with another relative, Blue Summer Sky, finishing fourth.