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Power paints picture for the punters at Gladstone races

RACES: David Power the race caller at the Gladstone races on January 12, 2013.
RACES: David Power the race caller at the Gladstone races on January 12, 2013. Contributed

HEAR that voice you're listening to? That's the voice of Scott Power.

He has been a race caller and "painting a picture for the punters", as he puts it, for almost 30 years.

This is about his fifth time filling in for usual callerTony McMahon.

"It's great to be back," Power said.

"The crowds really get out and support the meetings in Gladstone."

Power believes the secret to calling a race is having a good memory.

"You can imagine how much thinking you have to do with the colours and the names," he said. "You need to have the names and colours already in your head."

While he found it a bit difficult at the start, Mr Power said calling had become almost second nature now.

"You can't pre-empt races," he said.

"And you don't have much time to make mistakes.

"There's no room for error. It comes as it happens. You need to paint the picture for the punters."

Calling races is something you can't teach, said Power.

"You either can or you can't."


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