Time-Honoured Butch Monkley Moves To Grafton
THE time-honoured Butch Monkley Maiden series has been switched from Wauchope to Grafton, the 50th running of the series beginning Boxing Day.
3 December 2021
THE time-honoured Butch Monkley Maiden series has been switched from Wauchope to Grafton … the 50th running of the series.
With Wauchope out of action and a return to racing at the venue unlikely, the club approached the Grafton Club to stage the prestigious Butch Monkley Maiden to ensure its legacy continues.
“It has been a great race for five decades and Wauchope asked us to stage the 50th running of the race,” said Grafton president John Corrigan.
“We were always going to do that for them.”
The heats of the maiden will be run on Boxing Day, December 26, with the $15,000-to-the-winner finale on January 2.
The Wauchope Cup is always run at the same carnival as the Butch Monkley and Corrigan said it would be run as well, but named the Albert Gleeson Christmas Cup (450m).
The heats will be run on December 19 with the final on Boxing Day worth $10,000-to-the-winner.
Also on Boxing Day will be a Middle Distance series (660m) worth $5000 for first.
“I’ve got a soft spot for Wauchope,” said Corrigan. “I trained my first winner, a dog called Lucky Result at the old track at the showgrounds way back in 1963.
“I still remember his breeding. He was by The Deener from Bright Result.
“And I knew of the Monkley family who were very much involved in greyhound racing in the area then.”