The Goondiwindi Grey started life in northern NSW at The Dip Stud, a cattle and wheat property owned by John Clift. Gunsynd’s dam, Woodie Wonder (Newtown Wonder – Woodstand, by Mr Standfast) was a twin who managed a bush placing as a two year-old. Her first foal, by Grenfel Star was unplaced. For her next three foals, her owner, Joe McNamara, went into a foal share arrangement with John Clift; whereby the mare would go to Clift’s sire, Gr.1 placed two year-old winner Sunset Hue (Star Kingdom – Huala, by Hua) and they would have the resulting foal on alternate seasons. Clift lucked onto the 1967 foal—Gunsynd—although readers shouldn’t feel too sorry for McNamara, as Woodie Wonder left two other stakeswinners from this arrangement, both on McNamara’s watch.