IF the thrill of owning a winner on one of the biggest nights of the racing year is not enough, imagine having to call that win to the patrons on course.
That was the situation that arose for budding caller Michael Dumesny at Dubbo's Boxing Night meeting on Wednesday.
Dumesny, who is a part-owner of McCool Mover, comes from one of the region's staunchest harness racing families and has racecalling in his lineage through his grandfather, Harry Hart.
He shares in the ownership of the former Queensland-based gelding with driver Nathan Carroll and some other mates.
With the region's premier harness caller Craig Easey giving up the first two races of the program Dumesny stepped into the caller's box and the nerves started to build as the field scored up for the Robertson's Tyrepower Pace (2120m).
Easey has been tutoring Dumesny in recent months and handled the on-track presentations while the Parkes-based caller took care of the action in the booth.
Things were going well for Dumesny until the field reached the 400m mark and his horse paired off with Winnies Central to fight out the finish.
The tone increased, as did the urgency of the call and it all boiled over when McCool Mover crossed the line 1.3m ahead of his rival.
The win was the first leg of a winning double for Carroll and his father Mick, who trained both McCool Mover ($5.10) and Sunofbula ($4.20), which won later in the evening.