There are some things in life - in this case, life itself - that money can't buy.
With $2.5 million in winnings, and the chance to add another $307,000 at Ascot today, Luckygray is WA's highest-earning current galloper.
But _The Weekend West _ can reveal the inspiring story behind the horse which has united the Mid West family who own him.
On Tuesday week, it will be five years since eight-month-old Alani Maver lost her brave battle with the rare liver disease biliary atresia.
Going public for the first time since losing their daughter in the hope of inspiring people to consider organ donation, Northampton couple Troy and Nova Maver say the subsequent birth of two healthy children and their share in Luckygray have given their lives a positivity they had lost.
"With (Luckygray's) big, booming finishes, we always think Alani jumps on about the 300m mark at the top of the straight and helps boot him home with an extra whip on the back," an emotional Mr Maver said this week.
Mr Maver's uncles, Westnet co-founder Barry Mitchell and former Northampton farmer Ross Drage, gave him and Mrs Maver a share in the gelding after buying him as a yearling for $45,000. The gesture was made to give the couple a new focus after losing their first child.
Alani was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 when she was just eight weeks old, sparking a frantic effort to try to save her life.
It included regular visits to Princess Margaret Hospital and Sydney's Westmead Hospital and regular procedures, such as the Kasai treatment which allows bile drainage from the liver, as the baby's condition worsened.
"It was just the year from hell, really. Just horrible," Mr Maver said. "We had pretty much the best surgeons in the world trying to do their best for her, but unfortunately they just couldn't get the (Kasai) procedure, that sometimes buys them four or five years, to work."
An anxious daily wait for an organ donor then followed as the Mavers held out hope for their daughter. But cruelly, when a compatible donor was finally found, doctors were compelled to offer it to another family because Alani was too unwell at the time to have surgery.
"It was a bit of a kick in the guts," Mr Maver said.
Alani's condition later improved to the point where a transplant was performed, but after some early encouraging signs her health again waned to the point where her parents had compatibility tests. Mr Maver headed to surgery to have half his liver removed.
Then as he was being wheeled on a trolley into the operating theatre at Royal Perth Hospital, news came from doctors at Westmead - where Alani had been in intensive care for more than a month - that brain scans had revealed all hope had gone.
Her death soon after then triggered the vital support from a family who have also made donations to Westmead to help others facing similar hardship.
"Just the whole family thing, you can't get through those sorts of ordeals without good people around you," Mr Maver said. "It was quite difficult coming from WA and being a young family over in Sydney - to support your little daughter who is struggling there, but the family were great.
"They came across and there was always someone there helping us out. We couldn't have asked for any more support. And as good as having a great horse is, it's not everything, but it's given us something to look forward to and it brightens up your day."