A screen grab from Clint Donovan’s Star Search entry. Mr Donovan is one of six finalists in the competition, with the winner landing a job on Sky Racing.
A screen grab from Clint Donovan’s Star Search entry. Mr Donovan is one of six finalists in the competition, with the winner landing a job on Sky Racing.

Local auctioneer Sky Racing talent

FORMER Clarence Valley auctioneer Clint Donovan admits he feels most comfortable when he is behind a microphone.

It’s a trait that has no doubt helped the 28-year-old as he attempts to launch a new career – that of a TV presenter on Sky Racing, a channel dedicated to the thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing industries.

Mr Donovan is one of six finalists in the Sky Racing Star Search competition.

The winner of the competition will get the opportunity to work as a presenter on Sky Racing.

They will also win a Panasonic Viera 32-inch plasma TV; a $1000 TAB Sportsbet betting voucher, and; two weeks’ media training at Sky Racing and/or Sky Sports Radio.

“I saw on Racing Retro (a Sky Racing program) one Sunday morning that they were putting out a casting call for new talent,” said Mr Donovan, who left the Clarence Valley eight months ago to live in Brisbane.

“So I threw my hat in the ring and put a 60-second DVD together. I wrote the script myself and got it filmed out on Doomben racecourse.”

Mr Donovan’s polished Star Search entry belies the fact he is essentially a TV novice. However, he has long harboured an ambition to forge a career on the small screen.

“I’ve never done any TV. I did a TV presenters workshop with Fay de Lanty (a TV presenter), but other than that I’m a first-timer,” he said.

Mr Donovan was born with the gift of the gab and began his auctioneering career with the family business – Ray Donovan Stock and Station Agents – at the age of 15.

Thirteen years later, he is a highly regarded auctioneer, working for Magic Millions around Australia and New Zealand Bloodstock. Now he wants to add the role of TV presenter to his already impressive résumé.

But he has no intention of giving up his auctioneering career. Quite the opposite.

“I think it’s something that would work hand-in-hand, one would complement the other because you’re dealing with a similar crowd of people all the time. What you learn on one job helps you with the other,” Mr Donovan said.

“I really want to continue the auctioneering.”

Mr Donovan’s interest in racing stems back to his childhood.

“It’s been there since I was old enough to go to the track I suppose,” he said.

And this love of the gallops has led to Mr Donovan entering the realm of owning and racing horses in his own right.

“I have had a couple of slow geldings around the country, but I’ve now got a small share in an expensive one, so I’m trying that for the time being to see how that goes,” he said.

That ‘expensive one’ is a filly by the name of Miss Confidential, trained by Mark Wallace at Warwick Farm. The two-year-old – by Stratum out of the Snippets mare Exquisitely – will trial tomorrow at Warwick Farm.

You can view Mr Donovan’s Star Search entry and lodge a vote for him at http://www.skychannel.com.au/promos/sss/vote.php

Voting ends on Sunday, at which time the results will be tallied and a panel of judges will decide who wins the Star Search competition.

The on-line voting comprises about 10 per cent of the final decision.

The winner will be announced on Racing Retro on Sunday, February 21.



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