New Zealand’s newest race caller Craig Rail cannot wait to step into the commentator’s box at Forbury Park next month.
Rail, who has called harness racing meetings in country Victoria for the past 15 years, will get his first chance to show off his vocal skills in New Zealand at the Dunedin track early next month.
The commentator, who shifted to Invercargill this year, has been hired as a contractor to the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA), formerly known as the New Zealand Racing Board.
He will stand in for recently departed Otago commentator Jason Teaz while a full-time replacement is sought.
RITA is expected to follow a recruitment process to replace Teaz and Rail looks to be one of the leading candidates.
In the meantime, the Queensland-born harness racing enthusiast is keen to call races wherever he is asked.
That is driven by his lifelong passion for commentating.
“I love the job,” Rail said.
“I get a great kick out of calling a maiden, even a bad race when the owners have been paying for five years and are jumping up and down.
“I get a kick out of that; I like the excitement about it.”