Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Club hit by loss of local trainer

Monty Wilson

The remote race callers based in NSW referred to him as William Wilson when calling the greyhound races from Tara Raceway here in Mount Gambier. But to those who were associated with him on a twice-weekly basis at the track he was simply Monty.

This week participants are mourning his death, after a short illness.

Monty’s involvement in greyhound racing went back to 2008 when the former harness racing trainer took possession of a greyhound called Midnight Madness.

She had come down from Bundaberg as a giveaway and was his first greyhound. She also was his first winner when successful at Tara Raceway over 277 metres in September 2009. And right up to the time of his death he had pretty well been working with giveaway greyhounds.

Monty’s best year had been in 2021 when he trained 37 winners. It was also the year that he trained his only treble – Santino Gold, Saint Charlotte and Sianna Magic – on September 9.

Because most of his greyhounds had been giveaways, he always reckoned every winner he trained was a highlight. But he did win the Ivor Dowdell Memorial in 2017 with Lektra Excess and the time-honoured John Reid Memorial in 2019 with Cimarron Magic.

Based on a five-acre property at Mumbannar (30 kilometres east of Mount Gambier), Monty made countless trips to the Tara Raceway slipping track to gallop his greyhounds. And his wife, Jen, worked tirelessly behind the scenes, rarely missing a meeting when the dogs were racing.

Greyhound racing, of course, will continue on a twice-weekly basis at Tara Raceway. But missing will be Monty Wilson. And the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club will be all the poorer for that.

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