Nerves expected for Cup Day race call

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Matt Cross is looking forward to calling his first New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on November 12. Photo: Race Images
Matt Cross is looking forward to calling his first New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on November 12. Photo: Race Images
Next month's New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway will be a nervous time for Canterbury's new race caller, Matthew Cross.

The young commentator, who grew up in Kaiapoi and went to school there, took over from Mark McNamara as race caller for the Canterbury region last August.

He was a guest speaker at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's annual general meeting this month.

Matthew, aged 26, said he was looking forward to calling the $750,000 race on Tuesday, November 12.

It was something he had longed to do since he was a teen watching Reon Murtha calling races at Addington.

''Everyone else was watching the races but I was watching Reon up in the commentary box,'' he said.

''I knew then that was what I wanted to do when I was old enough.

''I am very fortunate to be doing what I am doing now.''

However, he is sure there will be butterflies before the big race on Cup Day.

''It will be an incredible honour to call such a prestigious race.

''Every day I think about it.''

After leaving school, Matt became a junior driver working for Cran Dalgety at West Melton for two years.

He also worked for Mark Jones at Burnham and Woodend Beach trainers David and Catherine Butt before accepting a cadetship with the New Zealand Racing Board as understudy to Mark McNamara and Trackside television presenter Greg O'Connor.

He did his first race commentaries at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting on June 29, 2014, calling two races on the programme.

 

 

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