AFTER five years of trying, the Bob Giltinan/Gainey family combination finally landed the time honoured Butch Monkley Maiden (384m) at Wauchope last Saturday night.
And the winner was appropriately named. Wildash Wauchope.
The son of Don’t Knocka Him-Harbour Gift flew the lids and led throughout to win by a length and three-quarters, beating Swanky Duchess with favourite and fastest heat winner Aston Ballot in third.
The winner ran a slick 21.71 to win.
“We’ve made a holiday of this carnival for the past five years and have had a number of finalists in the big maiden without winning,” said Beenleigh-based trainer Giltinan.
“Two years ago we had two finalists. We decided we needed a bit of hope to win the final so the Gainey boys named this fella Wildash Wauchope in the hope it would be good luck. And it was.”
“Wildash” is the area 20 kilometres from Warwick in Queensland where the Gainey family, (Pat Snr, Pat and Brad) has their state of the art greyhound property.
Butch Monkley’s daughter Cheryl Schubert was on track and congratulated the Gainey family and Giltinan, claiming it was the first time she had backed the winner of the race named in honour of her late father.
“I backed him because he had Wauchope in his name,” she said.
The Gainey family bred Wildash Warrior after buying dam Harbour Gift for $3,500 after she had already produced two previous successful litters.
While Giltinan and the Gainey boys were high in praise of the Maiden winner, they were quick to state there is one much better at home in the form of Wildash Tom, winner of the Bronze Maiden at last October’s Coonamble Carnival.
“But all the litter can gallop,” said Pat Gainey.
The celebrations started instantly after Wildash Wauchope’s win and to the fore was “Whispering” Pete Klowss.
“Whispering Pete” is a Gainey family neighbour who bought into a share of one of the family’s first greyhound ventures, a dog called Ima Fred, and has been part of every dog since.
Pete is at Wildash Lodge every day and it is his job to feed up the 40 pups and older dogs on the property.