The respected race caller says Mitchell, who owns the trotter with his wife Sharon, deserves every success in the code.
“He is a huge player behind the scenes in harness racing and he is a really passionate person,” Barsby said.
“He is very loyal to the harness racing industry and it does not matter if it is a pacer or a trotter – he loves both.
“He has put his money where his mouth is year in and year out, he is always paying big money for horses out of New Zealand and he will go to the sales and spend good money there.
“He is also breeding so he puts in a big, big way – he is also a big sponsor for the code.
“It is great to have like Sharon and Greg Mitchell involved in harness racing and hopefully they will be around for a long time to come.”
In retirement, Our Overanova is living out his days at the Dixon’s Tamborine property, being well looked after following his record-breaking career.
It took him some time to realise he was no longer a race horse but as Grant says, he is now just “chilling out”.
“He actually missed the stable life for quite a period, just in the last bit he has got used to chilling out,” the legend trainer said.
“He missed it because he liked being in work and doing what he did.”
Reflecting on his career, Grant believes Our Overanova was never really appreciated by harness followers until the end of his career as he flew under the radar and did not really win by massive margins, he did just enough to get in.
Grant’s wife Trista, who also drove the retired trotter in his career, likes to have the former stable favourite near the Dixon family.
“We are happy to have him here and up the top of our property so we know where he is,” Trista said.
“He is fed twice a day and he is up near our house so he is just outside the kids bedroom windows.”
While Grant could not pinpoint his favourite victory of Our Overanova’s career, Trista could, selecting the 50th triumph as she was in the sulky on that special occasion.
Steele still marvels at the gun trotters’ achievements.
“I could have never imagined what he would go on to do, with the number of wins he had,” Steele said.
“I know it was an unbelievable achievement, not just for the horse but for Grant as well.
“The Mitchells really love their trotters and I think Our Overanova really put trotting in Queensland really further on the map.”
To be run at Group 3 level with $27,186 on offer in the Our Overanova 2022 Trotters Marathon on Friday afternoon, Grant says the naming of the race is a fitting reward for an Albion Park favourite.
“He just always fronted up for us, he was just so consistent,” Grant said.
“He tried every time he stepped out.
“Most nights at Albion Park he was one of our last runners and more often than not, if you had an average night before that point, he would turn your night around.
“He knew how to win, he never won by big margins.”