Scott Power: The Voice of Emerald’s Pioneer Racecourse by Tony McMahon.

Published 12 September 2022

Scott Power: The Voice of Emerald’s Pioneer Racecourse by Tony McMahon.

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Scott Power the voice of Emerald’s Pioneer Park racecourse will call his 36th Emerald 100 there on Saturday, October 8.
He says he will be just as excited then as on the occasion as an 18-Y-Old in 1986 when he called the first big race (The 100m) of his fledging career.
“It was a big thrill as being originally from Emerald that was something special, that’s for sure”, Scotty as he is affectionally known said.
Appointed the Emerald Jockey Club race caller that year he took over from Alf Smerdon while Lance Milne and John Millroy held the binoculars there calling previously.
Power’s career behind the mike started four years previously when audaciously aged 14, he delivered his first race call at Bluff a township he has called home for the majority of his 54 years,
Scott sorry Scotty, is one of those enviable characters in racing and life in general that would not have an enemy in the world.
Everyone has a good word to say about him!
Recently retiring from Queensland Rail, he has come a long way down the tracks since those teenage calling years and this Saturday has answered a “call” to broadcast in Toowoomba.
While heading down the 685km trip from Bluff on Friday, he explained how he will take part with four other callers at the Toowoomba Turf Club’s Broadcaster’s Cup races on Saturday night.
“I feel privileged to be invited down to call with Paul Dolan, Brett Moodie, Anthony Collins and a young chap called Dan Thomas. I will call a section of the Cup over 1500 metres similar to a relay race. Each caller broadcasts a section and then another takes over. It is a unique concept”, he said.
That race is the third on the program (6.10pm) but Power gets the opportunity to demonstrate his own style and finesse in calling the fifth (7.28pm)race by himself.
While the Toowoomba gig will be a thrill it will be far from Scotty’s (got it right this time) race calling highlight of his career.
That took place at Eagle Farm, Brisbane in 2019 when he was selected from a Queensland wide field to broadcast the iconic Battle Of The Bush Final.
“It was won by Bevan Johnson trained Hanover Square”, he reminisced with pride.
Back to his renditions of the Emerald 100, he had no hesitation in sprucing that the 2007 running won by Charleville trainer Shane Iverson’s Cocktail Shaker was his most memorable broadcast.
” It was the time of the E I crisis and racing was virtually at a crawl out around the Central Highlands. That Emerald 100 was a real tonic for everyone and the big crowd especially as well as the stakeholders”, he said.
Educated at Emerald’s Primary School, Scotty can remember going to Pioneer Park for his first vision of an Emerald 100 in 1974 as “a kid”.

“For memory a horse called Conda Boy won it ridden by Rockhampton’s Colin “Lizard” Lisle”, Power recalled.
Endorsing what all and sundry deliver when asked about the importance of the Emerald 100, Scotty had this to say.
“It’s an historic race for Emerald going back to 1965 when it carried a 100 pounds purse. It is huge for Emerald itself while massive for the race club. It is the one day when the town unites and goes racing at Pioneer Park”.
Scotty Power is an integral part of racing in the Central Highlands and Emerald itself.
His passion for the industry is unbridled and not only demonstrated by his articulate words and accurate race calls but more importantly by the unselfish deems he performs for the industry.
As is said Scott Power is a “keeper” and the Emerald Jockey Club know that only too well.

By Tony McMahon

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