Jason Mackay is no stranger to the emotions of winning the world's richest greyhound race.
But the Richmond Vale trainer is not sure how he would handle the elation of taking out the second annual Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park on Friday night.
And with two finalists, including top hope Get It Gizmo, he is every chance to again claim his sport's biggest prize.
Mackay won the $600,000-to-the-victor Melbourne Cup - then the richest dogs race - with Ando's Mac in 2016. The Million Dollar Chase took over as the pinnacle event last year, and after missing out on the first final, Mackay is the only trainer with two qualifiers this time around.
Get It Gizmo flew from box eight to run the fastest of eight semi-finals last Friday night, covering 520 metres in 29.45 seconds. The black dog then drew the coveted one box or the $1 million-to-the-winner decider.
Kennelmate Flying Bazza won the final semi in 29.78 with a late rails run before drawing box three. The fawn dog was $14 with TAB.
Mackay won the $250,000-to-the-winner Golden Easter Egg this year with Zipping Bailey at Wentworth Park and he was daring to dream of an even bigger victory at headquarters.
"This is the big gong, don't worry about that," Mackay said. "We won the Easter Egg and the Melbourne Cup, the two biggest you could get in, and we had a bit of luck, but I'm not sure what emotions will happen if we win this one. It's a whole different story this one."
Get It Gizmo ($4) was battling Black Opium ($3.90), which has box five, and Good Odds Harada ($4.60), in two, for favouritism.
Mackay said Get It Gizmo's start in box one was "huge in any race like this" but especially with the way the other runners had drawn. He believed Get It Gizmo could get a clear run to the first turn.
"The two [Good Odds Harada] goes well, but he's a middle tracker, he never goes to the rail or left," he said.
"The three is Flying Bazza and he'll land last on the fence hoping for a scrimmage to try and run them all down late.
"The four [Pindari Express] and the five [Black Opium] are middle trackers as well, so we've got the best draw you could ever think of."
As for Flying Bazza, Mackay said: "He's going to be a bit like Zipping Bailey.
"He drops out as well, they are by the same sire, Barcia Bale, and they love to rail. They are nice and strong, but he's going to need a bit more luck because six or seven of them are going to be in front of him at the first corner."
Dogs come through heats and regional finals to qualify for semis, from which eight winners progress. Mackay was proud to have two finalists and reserve Aston Duke.
"It's a very strong series, it's the best of the best with that money on offer," he said.
"You've got to have an elite dog or you're wasting your time, and I'm lucky enough that we've got two here that can cop pressure, handle the grade, they can come from behind - they've got a bit of X-factor about them."
Aston Duke is second reserve for the final after finishing the second-fastest runner-up in the semis. He is a top chance in the $25,000-to-the-winner consolation race.
"His run was a beauty last week," Mackay said.
"He should have finished closer to Shima Shine. He ended up getting his head chopped off at the start but he worked to the line nice.
"He's a big-race dog. He's won 27 races, he's won a Maitland Cup and a Black Top, so it's nothing new to him.
"Box five is ideal for him. He loves the middle."
Aston Duke missed a heat of the series at The Gardens with injury and that allowed Get It Gizmo, which was first reserve, to get a start. He was third in that race but has since won three in a row.
Get It Gizmo showed he was peaking for the final with last week's semi-final run, which included a sizzling final section of 11.49 seconds.
"He's got one of the biggest finishes of any greyhound," Mackay said.
"You wouldn't screw your ticket up if he's a couple of lengths behind anything up the back because he knows how to find the line, which is a bonus."
The trainer was also excited about the prospects of Aston Sapporo in the Young Star Final.
"He's a nice young pup," he said.
"He's had only five starts for four wins and a second. He run the quickest qualifier, a 29.89, and he'd never seen Wentworth Park before.
"All their work ethics this week have been 10 out of 10, I've got no injuries, the weather is great and they are nice and happy."