Davey Mac’s 44-year career comes to an end

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Southern Harness Racing chairman John Earl (left) pays tribute to "extremely popular'' racing commentator of 44 years, Dave McDonald, at its meet at Ascot Park Racecourse last Thursday.

SOUTHERN Harness Racing was able to say ‘thank you’ to Dave McDonald for his 44 years of outstanding commentary work with a presentation at the club’s final race day of the season at Invercargill’s Ascot Park Raceway last Thursday.

An emotional Davey Mac, as he was affectionately known, thanked everyone for making the years so enjoyable and said he would still be around, “not up there”, as he pointed to the commentary box, “but down here with you guys”.

McDonald was an extremely popular race caller throughout the south and celebrated 40 years of commentating in 2016.

He also received a Services To Sport Award at the Southland Sports Awards the same year.

McDonald said there had been many highlights throughout the years, starting with the Milne family’s locally owned and trained Matai Dreamer winning the Kindergarten Stakes in 1978, and continuing with regular highlights through the years.

One thing he never tired of, McDonald said, was “seeing the joy on the faces of owners after a win, no matter whether it is a maiden race or a big race”.

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