“She’s been at Capalaba since then except for one run over the 331 metres just to see how she handled it, but unfortunately the four-dog crashed all over her early, so we didn’t get a true indication of where she was at.
“She’ll be a very quick 520-metre bitch if she can sort the corners out, when we first trialled her at seventeen months she went 5.48 to the first mark - she just has to put it all together.”
Gilbert just has the two dogs in work now and they’re both owned by long-time friend Gary Dodt, and the pair have found a trusted line to breed with.
“I trained a dog for my owner Gary Dodt called Turn and Burn and he was a good 520-metre dog at Albion Park, and She’s Whistling is out of Turn and Burn’s sister Isla’s Style,” Gilbert said.
“Brent Kline owned Isla’s Style and bred the Fabregas litter and given the previous success with the bloodlines, Gary bought She’s Whistling and brought her to me.
“They’re just a breed that knows how to win races and when you find one of those, you keep going with it.
“When She’s Whistling is done, I’m sure she’ll be a valuable brood bitch too.”
While Gilbert’s name goes in the book as the trainer, said he couldn’t do what he does without the help of Dodt and his daughter Ciara, their original friendship forged through business.
“The last couple of years I’ve just trained for Gary and his daughter Ciara who help me out a lot, I can’t drive the lure and put them in the boxes all at once - it’s a team effort,” Gilbert said.
“I met Gary through my sports therapy business as a client, he used to talk a lot about how he was into race horses and I said ‘mate you should have a go at the dogs, they’re much cheaper’ and that’s how it started for us.
“I gave him a bitch Felicity Trick who he started with and bred a litter, and he’s been hooked from then on.”
Gilbert has been running his business for almost three decades, a lot of his professional work benefitting his training too.
“The last twenty-seven years I’ve had my sports therapy clinic and managed to juggle it with my greyhound commitments,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things that cross over, I do a lot of work on people with my hands and do plenty of remedial work on the dogs with my hands too - a lot of stretching and massage, it’s a good mix.”