McGuire is modest when he says he had a bit of success with the dogs.
He prepared almost 20 greyhounds that won multiple races, including Tears To Glory, who won smartly on a Wednesday evening at Albion Park in late 2020.
Tears To Glory was trained by McGuire out of Townsville before he was transferred down to Warren Nicholls in Brisbane.
While the dog was no longer in McGuire’s name, he was a part-owner and set her towards the Brisbane campaign, so he could claim it as his first winner in town.
With 11 career wins under her belt not long after that Albion Park triumph, Tears To Glory has retired to be a brood bitch.
Like Tears To Glory, McGuire has not been seen in the greyhound form guide of late, his name has not been in there since October of last year, to be precise.
With his galloper interest growing, it was time to take a step away from the dogs, but McGuire plans to get back into the greyhounds eventually.
Townsville Greyhound Racing Club President Gary Heath said McGuire was a strong contributor to the greyhound code in NQ while he was training and remains as an owner and fan.
“It is a shame to lose Matty to thoroughbreds over the last year because he did have a lot of good dogs and trained a lot of winners here,” Heath said.
“We still keep in touch with him and he still owns a few dogs here, which all go pretty well.
"We are proud of the way he is going."
While the greyhounds and gallopers are most certainly different animals, McGuire says the training methods behind the two were usually fairly similar.
“A lot of it is routine based, I like to stick to the same routine whether it be dogs or horses, I like to get up at the same time every day,” McGuire said.
“Take them to the track at the same time.
“Keeping the same diets all the time, not necessarily changing too much.
“There are some similarities between the two.”
Michael Charge, SKY Racing’s track side host at Queensland’s regional TAB race meetings, believes McGuire is one to watch in the North Queensland training ranks.
"He was born into a racing family, he is building a sensation career for himself and he is a trainer on the rise," Charge said.
"He is very good with his social media, keeping his owners informed around their horses, he is very articulate and professional and he is one of the new breed of trainers in North Queensland.
"It is great to see new blood coming through.
"I am sure there is a feature race winner coming for him shortly as he has a big future ahead."
Being a hobby trainer in the greyhounds, gallopers, on top of working full-time, playing cricket locally in Townsville and running a regular life may sound stressful, but McGuire worked it out somehow.
“We managed, I had great help with my uncle and dad and everyone else,” he said.
“They helped me with the dogs and horses, they were both in the mornings before work, it all balanced out but it was good fun.”
As McGuire eased out of greyhounds and focused more energy on the thoroughbreds, his father Patrick, also a trainer himself, was a great help, housing a horse or two of Matthew’s, before he established his own stable that can fit a handful or so at a time.
“I am thankful for that because he taught me a lot while I was there with him,” McGuire said.
On his 2021 TAB Northern Queensland Winter Racing Carnival prospects, McGuire is pinning his hopes on Rothman, Dio D'oro, Destroy The Star and Endinaye.