Day At The Track

Mark McNamara can't wait for the Interdoms

06:56 AM 17 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Mark McNamara
Mark McNamara

Racecaller Mark McNamara will fulfil one of his harness racing dreams when he gets the chance to call the upcoming Inter Dominion series in Auckland. Despite being the chief harness caller on the South Island of New Zealand, McNamara has been offered the job by regular Alexandra Park caller George Simon after the series was shifted from Christchurch because of the recent major earthquake.

“George Simon contacted me after it was announced that the series was to be switched from Christchurch and asked me whether I would like to call the Inter Dominion heats and final” McNamara said.

“I jumped at the opportunity and it was very nice of George to offer me the chance, in fact the only problem I can find with him is that he supports the Warriors in the National Rugby League.”

McNamara was formerly employed in Sydney by Sky Racing and called a number of feature meetings during his stint in New South Wales but has enjoyed the move across the Tasman where he received the opportunity to call the New Zealand Cup.

“As a young caller I always loved the New Zealand Cup and I have been lucky enough to call two of them and to be behind the microphone for an Inter Dominion will be another career highlight.”

“I’ve only been to Alexandra Park three times but I have called two races on the track when Alby Gain retired so I have some idea what it is like when they are running clockwise.”

Monkey King is McNamara’s sentimental tip for the Inter Dominion despite the series being shifted to Auckland but has a soft spot for one of the Australians too.

“Brendon Hill will have Monkey King ready to go even though the series has been moved and I think Mr Feelgood was very good in the Auckland Cup for a horse that doesn’t handle the clockwise direction.”


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