Racecaller. Occasional harness driver
"After 18 years in the job, I still enjoy my role as much as ever. You never quite know what you’ll get from day to day at the country races. It might be the debut run of a horse which goes on to greatness, or something unpredictably bizarrre or funny. Our audience is after timely information and accuracy in the daily broadcast. I look forward to continuing bringing these race descriptions to our audience in the years ahead."
Racecaller. TV host.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an ambition to be a world class race caller. After calling my first race at Alexandra at the age of 15, I got my big break in 2005 when approached by the industry television station TVN. Since then I’ve developed into a caller who I hope is exciting and accurate, as well as an on-camera host and form analyst. I look back on calling So You Think winning a Cox Plate, and several of Black Caviar's triumphs, as career highlights so far. That’s along with opportunities to commentate races in Singapore and the UK.”
Sports journalist. Broadcaster. Sports punter.
"Simply, I eat, breathe and sleep sport! It’s taken me around the country, and around the world. I know I’m lucky to have a job where I jump out of bed every morning excited to attack the day ahead - even if it is at 4am! As a passionate sports journalist and broadcaster for well over a decade, I think I’ve got an understanding of the way all games are played on the field, and the news and issues that shape sport off the field. I take my responsibility very seriously, because I want to be the voice of the sports fan.
I also back myself to tip winners in almost any sport. With a proven track record and loyal support from our RSN listeners, I have no greater satisfaction than steering our listeners into a winner. Rest assured, if I’ve tipped it on the radio, I’ve backed it myself! I also love racing. My father was once in the racing media and I’d follow him around the tracks all over Victoria. I remember countless Saturday nights with Dad at Moonee Valley, watching the horses, and the journos, many of whom I work with now! I’ve owned gallopers and pacers and never get sick of the thrill the sport has to offer. I am privileged to play such an important role over the Spring Carnival each year with the station that has provided the best and most comprehensive coverage for decades."
Sports Overnight and Allsports host. Passionate sportsfan.
The racing and sporting world is busy day and night, around the globe. For a start, there’s our international racing coverage, which can take us to the UK and mainland Europe, over to South Africa, and to the Asian venues like Singapore and Hong Kong, not forgetting the Western Australian racing which lights up the early hours. I’m always excited being in the studio, crossing to so many locations – it’s like travelling the globe without a passport! We’ve also got all the live sport to keep watch on, from English Football to PGA golf. And now, when dawn breaks, we’ve got - Allsports. You can catch it on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 5am, as we wrap up the overnight sports news and set up our listeners for the day’s sport to come."
Ex-Saint, Swan and Bulldog. Premiership player. Monday & Friday Football Panel analyst.
At three clubs, under legendary coaches, Barry has learnt from the best, gaining a unique insight into the modern game. Footy's famous hardman reveals he has an acute sense of football's evolution, pinpointing match strategies and team tactics that determine the difference between victory and defeat. Barry shares his footy knowledge every Monday and Friday morning during the AFL season, with Chrisso and Mick on RSN Breakfast.
Harness Racing Victoria Communications Officer. RSN Trots News Reporter.
"I can't remember a time when racing hasn't been a part of my life. I've always been fascinated with all three codes, right back to when I was a toddler, going to the races with my family. Right through school, education usually took a back seat to racing, and I vividly remember ducking out of class to catch races on the radio when I got a chance."
"In 2012 I jumped at the opportunity to join RSN as a Program Producer. After four months I switched to my current role at Harness Racing Victoria, and I've been covering everything in the trots ever since. Now with squaregating taking off and some genuine superstars emerging in the sport, I can't wait to bring all the trots news straight to RSN listeners whenever it's happening."
'Correct Weight' & 'Carnival' Co-Host
'Im from a bookmaking family, so racing's always been in my blood. And I started backing horses very early - I have to admit that I was still in primary school when I put my pocket money on Subzero to win the Melbourne Cup! Being a sports broadcaster seemed like a dream job, so by the tender age of 14, I was calling harness and greyhound races on local radio in Ballarat, and the local footy too.'
'My first real broadcasting job took me to Queensland, working for Radio 4TAB. For a few years I was I was with Sky Sports Radio, before I joined the team at RSN. Now, I've branched out into sportspunting, with a big interest in Aussie sports and America's NBL. Hopefully everything I've learned is helping me nail some real value for hte racing and sports punter.'
Racecaller. Rising star.
“I have been attending race meetings for as long as I can remember, and race-calling was my dream job from a very young age. Racing is my passion; from the glitz and glamour of the Spring, to the thrills and excitment of jumps racing in the winter. Nothing compares to the enjoyment I get out of racing. It’s a privilege to be a part of the RSN team, bringing listeners the best coverage of racing from across the state.”
Racing journalist. Associate Producer ‘Racing Ahead’, ‘Winners’. Producer ‘On The Punt’. '#FridayFollow' and Carnival Digital analyst.
I fondly remember my first wager: a 50 cent each-way bet on Subzero to win the 1992 Melbourne Cup. From there, I was hooked. Every chance I could get I’d follow my dad and grandfather to trackwork at Flemington or to the local TAB. After VCE I headed to TAFE to study sports management, but I soon decided it wasn’t for me. In fact, I spent more time in the TAB than class! That was when I decided to pursue my passion for racing. I landed my first job as a writer for The WATC Club in 2005, then joined the Thoroughbred Express newspaper in 2007. It was there that I honed my craft of form analysis and the study of bloodstock sale catalogues. There was a brief stopover in the Media Department at The Victoria Racing Club for a Melbourne Cup Carnival. In late 2010 I moved into my current Producer roles at RSN.
Racing host. Radio veteran.
I’m the racing and general sports nut who was destined to end up at a sport station, now racking up my 22nd year as a host of the National Racing Service. Growing up, Mum and I listened to the races – now she listens to me, so the pressure is always on! Every afternoon I’m part of a team that aims to give you the best possible coverage of the day’s racing, in all three codes around the country, with all the information you want before and after each event.
“On The Punt” host. Multi-media man
“It’s great being in the chair at RSN on a Saturday morning, beginning the punter’s day with “On The Punt”. Saturday morning radio is prime time for the punter, as we kick start the day with all the news, information and the vital interaction with the day’s major players. I’ve worked in the racing media and in racing all my life, from newspapers to television. But there is something very special and almost quintessentially Australian about tuning into RSN on a race morning. So let’s get ‘On The Punt’!”
Leading thoroughbred analyst. Form student. On-line presenter.
“I’ve been tipping on the races nearly all my life. I started young, tipping on every venue in the morning paper before a day at primary school, then coming home and checking the results. Now, I’m still tipping, but my approach is much more professional! It takes countless hours of form study to understand the capabilities of every horse competing, and what chance they have under the prevailing conditions. The ‘On-Line’ reports allow me to take into account factors like track bias, track conditions and betting trends. I’m not happy if the tips don’t steer listeners towards the winners. After all, I’m a punter too."
Queensland Form Analyst. Best Bets Queensland expert.
It was a trip to the Mornington races way back in the old 3UZ days which remains my earliest racing memory. I can clearly remember counting my winnings (all $3.25 of them) many, many times, sitting in the back of the car during the ride home.
I’ve certainly come a long way from those days and my not so big windfall has been well and truly turned over in the never ending battle to stay in front of the game.
After recording a few video comments for Best Bets a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to cover Queensland racing. It was a perfect match, as I’d always loved racing in the Sunshine State, keeping a solid knowledge of the form. Nowadays my daily ritual is to spend hours analysing race and barrier trial videos, putting together speed maps, pouring over sectional times etc. etc. always looking for that elusive edge.
And working with the professional team at RSN is another great opportunity and I’m looking forward to steering the listening audience into plenty of value winners.
International tennis correspondent.
“I travel the world for seven to eight months of the year chasing the tennis circuit and the players. I can’t deny it looks like a glamorous life, catching planes and staying in grand hotels. But behind the scenes, there are long hours and a lot of hard work. And when a day’s play ends, the job really starts. Often you’re on call round the clock and you’ve got to sound awake, reporting to stations around the globe. As well as the broadcast work, I’m a Media Director at many events and work directly with players like Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and Alexander Dolgopolov. I’ve lived in four countries, but I’m glad to call Sydney home, that is, when I’m not heading off to another tournament!”
Racecaller. Harness racing enthusiast.
“I first started working in radio in Queensland when I joined 4TAB at the age of 17. I was there for eleven years, starting off by managing the scratching information and recording races, then getting my chance on-air. I finally worked my way up to be a Racing Service Co-ordinator, before getting my chance to come down south and work with Harness Racing Victoria and RSN in 2005. The best horse I’ve seen would have to be Christian Cullen, but I've always had a great admiration for Courage Under Fire, and more recently for the champion Victorian Smoken Up.”
Chief Harness racecaller.
“I’ve called for television and radio, both thoroughbred and harness races, from the big city meetings to country events. My role is to be accurate with the call, and to excite the listener about what I’m seeing. I love calling the great races and the great horses.”
Winners Racing Panel
"Rapt to be part of the Winners Panel for a sensational Spring. Hoping to give punters extra insight, beyond what they can get out of the form guide, and add confidence to their betting decisions.
It’s now ten years that I've been betting professionally on thoroughbred racing in Australia, and I was a hobby punter before that. My strategy is to to find market weaknesses and exploit them, using my own speed performance ratings, maps, and other data-based intelligence.
In my experience, successful punting is not just about finding the right horses to back.
It’s also about avoiding many of the traps punters can keep falling into."
"Sport, especially racing, has always been a constant in my life. I started my career in the financial world, but when the chance to work in the sporting media came up it was like that gap along the rails, opening at the perfect time in the home straight.
I've been lucky to work across a bunch of top-line sports for radio and television including cricket, Formula 1, the London 2012 Olympics, and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. My favourite moment was in Rome, reporting from a packed Circus Maximus, among 100,000 cheering Italian fans during a World Cup final.
But it’s racing that’s always most special to me. Hosting with Sky Racing for three years, I played my part in presenting everything from Melbourne Cups to English Derbies. I love being able to do all of that and more here on RSN."
Trots trainer. RSN Racing Service Host.
"I grew up in Richmond, not exactly a heartland of harness racing, but from a young age I was fascinated by the trotting and pacing horse. By the time I was a teenager I was venturing to the Melbourne Showgrounds by myself to see the greats like Gath and Rothacker drive the winners home.
I'm very happy running a small stable (a boutique stable!), getting the most from each horse's ability, rewarding the owners and punters for their faith and investment. And as an RSN presenter I can hopefully give the listeners the benefit of my experience."
Supreme form analyst. Esteemed by punters. ‘On the Punt’ & ‘Correct Weight’ panellist.
“I’ve enjoyed a lifetime in racing. I grew up on stud farms, then moved into the owning and training of racehorses, the management of jockeys, and trackwork-clocking for the media, before settling into my current role as form analyst and commentator. My aim at RSN is to give punters that one percent of information that could make their raceday a winning day. Modern day punters are very savvy, well informed and opinionated, so if my lifetime of experience in racing can add something to their knowledge in their quest to back a winner, then I’m doing my job.”
Heavyweight form and data analyst. Winners Racing Panel member.
"Chronologically, I've been a bookmaker's runner, penciller, feature doubles operator, radio commentator, bookmaker, owner, breeder, form analyst and systems creator."
"Since I was a teenager I've constructed opinion markets on races, at first in all three codes, but after getting my first job as a bookie's clerk I setteled on the Sport of Kings."
"I started out relying on the well-written books and papers by geniuses like Don Scott and some of the U.S experts. But I've been inventive in my own right, having created the practice of mapping the early speed of horses on a grid, now known globally as Speedmapping. And I developed a fascination for race time, studying the importance of incremental time as a guide to overall time."
"In the media, I've given commentary on radio and TV since 1977 - and now I'm proud to be a part of RSN's Spring Racing Panel. It's important that rank and file punters be well informed and educated. The industry survives on punters (and owners) and it's crucial that their experience be satisfying. That's one of the reasons why I occasionally conduct master classes."
"One of my proud moments was to present my paper 'GLOBAL FREE HANDICAP', at the 2008 Asian Racing Conference in Tokyo."
"And back in 2000, in partnership with Tim Wooller, I ventured into betting technology, creating a rapid bet totalisator wagering system, which we patented as @utowager, later producing a hybrid product called iTicket."
Priest. Counsellor. Host of Family Counsellor Program.
Father Gerard can still remember being called in to the old 3UZ late on a Sunday night to host the very first Family Counsellor Program. That was more than 40 years ago, and the program has been on-air continuously ever since, which must be an Australian broadcasting record. Fr Gerard still gets immense satisfaction from listening to callers in their times of joy or need, and helping where he can. The rest of the week, Fr Gerard is a parish Priest, a Counsellor with Catholic Care, and official historian for the North Melbourne Football Club.
Greyhound owner and breeder. Carnival's greyhound form expert.
"My dad purchased a few greyhounds when I was very young, and the breed has been a part of our family ever since. The thrill and speed of the sport is certainly infetcious, and as soon as I was able to get a part-time job I bought my very first greyhound, which won a few races in town."
My first "real" job was as a writer with the popular publication National Greyhound Form. After a stint writing for the AFL, I've returned to greyhound racing, as the media man for The Meadows, and as an analyst at RSN and Carnival."
Australia's Leading Racecaller.
“I started my calling career at the ABC, taking over from legendary broadcaster Joe Brown in 1981. After a stint with Skychannel I took over the senior racecalling reins at RSN, and now I’m calling all Melbourne metropolitan races, not just for radio, but also on-course, and also across television platforms. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have called 33 Melbourne Cups.”
Racenet’s speed map creator and analyst. NSW form expert.
“I’m a punter first, punter second and punter third, and I don’t get overly involved with the politics of racing. My speed maps on Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane racing have been publicly available for almost a decade and they’ve stood the test of time. I believe that pace and positioning in races aren’t given the consideration they deserve, and that track bias is an over-used term. After years of heading to the track, I know I can analyse races far more efficiently from my racing office thanks to today’s brilliant radio and TV coverage.”
HRV’s Good Form Analyst.
As Jason tells it : “Legend has it my first bet was on Kiwi to win the Melbourne Cup way back in 1983. But it was another 15 years before Channel 31 made me fall in love with the Trots. “I loved everything about it - a sport full of human characters and equine legends that raced on year after year and became like trusted friends. As a form analyst I rely on many of the tools I picked up as a young thoroughbred fan like speed maps, sectionals, video replays and ratings, and I’m rapt to say today that the intellectual property developed from a misspent youth has helped inspire the Good Form punting platform. “I hope RSN listeners enjoy our new “Game Plan” format for the Victorian trots. You can follow Michael Polster and me on Harness Racing Victoria’s religiously updated Good Form blog.”
Newsman. Sports reporter.
“I’ve been a Radio Journalist, News Director and Sports Presenter on Melbourne radio all my working life - I don’t want to do anything else! Right now, RSN is a very exciting place to be, as we get to air the latest racing news, sport and general news that we know our listeners want. I’ve got no doubt that racing can attract many new fans, and with the team at RSN, we’re dedicated to meeting that challenge. It’s a great time to listen our radio station, because we work hard and have a bit of fun, and I think that comes across!”
Racing Service Host.
"It's hard to say what came first - my passion to be a radio announcer, or my dream to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Saturday afternoon racing hosts like Bob Cornish, Les Heil and John Vertigan. They seemed to be so authoritative, and have the audience hanging on every word - I wanted to be just like them."
"My step to the Racing Host chair came in the mid-80s at 3DB when the regular Saturday night presenter took ill, and without warning I was thrown in at the deep end. Ever since, I've managed to make Saturday nights my own."
"On the way, I've been privileged to work with the greats like Bill Collins, Brian Blackmore and Greg Miles. That's alongside all the production staff behind the scenes, who've helped me make the racing service informative and fun for punters."
Racing host. Carnival Digital anchorman.
“Racing has always been a part of my life. I grew up listening to the legendary calls of Bill Collins and Bert Bryant, and I vividly recall the first day I went to the races as a young boy. The colour, excitement and never ending drama of the track was something I wanted to be a part of in my working life. There’s nothing better than presenting all codes of racing to RSN listeners and delivering punters the latest market moves to help them in the never-ending quest to back a winner. Away from the track, I’m a supporter of the mighty Demons, and I’m waiting patiently for their next AFL flag. My favourite code is thoroughbred racing, and you can catch me weekday afternoons, live on RSN Racing and Sport and Saturdays on RSN Carnival”.
Cricket commentator. Prolific sporting author
“I guess you could call me the ultimate cricket tragic. I play, write and commentate about the game, and have written and/or edited 67 books – that tally includes more than 40 on cricket. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Freier, once asked me, 'And what do you do, Ken?'
'Well, your Holiness,’ I said, “I've just finished a book!'
'Good,' he said. 'You should read another.'
I must admit, the MCG has been a home away from home for me. I love all 3 brands of the game and say so most days on RSN Breakfast with Chrissso and McGuane, with Andrew Kuuse at weekends and on facebook."
Co-Host of On The Punt. Racing journalist.
“I first went to the track in 1982. I begged Mum and Dad to take me to the Cox Plate. The King won his third and Manikato smashed the million. I was hooked! Still am. The things that first lured me in - those beautiful horses, the sights, sounds and smells of the track still do it for me. I hope that ‘love of the game’ resonates with listeners who tune into On The Punt over their racing weekend. My on-air philosophy? Have a laugh, call it straight, find a winner."
Breakfast Host. Premiership player. Racehorse owner.
“I’m now in my 11th year hosting RSN Breakfast. And it’s great to be back with my former Premiership teammate, Mick McGuane. I love sport, whether it’s football, cricket, golf, tennis, soccer, athletics, or even something obscure. My passion is the thoroughbred. I breed and race them, and nothing comes close to breeding or racing a winner. I grew up with harness racing - Dad was the course electrician at the local Busselton Trotting Club. That was in the era of Pure Steel, Satinover, San Simeon, and the list goes on. My tip : if you like sport then we’ll cover it all….we’ll speak to the stars, have an opinion and ask for your say, on RSN Breakfast, with Chrisso and McGuane”.
Breakfast host. Premiership footballer. Total racing fan
“Talking sport is in my veins, and racing is my passion, whether it’s the AFL, cricket, tennis, soccer, boxing…or all three racing codes. Every morning we’ll be talking with the big names and the winners galore, we’ll debate the day’s big sporting issues, and we’ll let you have your say, too. We’re going to have a lot of fun for Breakfast on RSN, with Chrisso and McGuane”.
“Winners” host. South Australia form expert. Carnival Digital form analyst.
“Bitten by the racing bug at the age of 13, I used to follow my uncle, a professional punter, around at the races. I was intrigued by race analysis. With a liking for figures, I once had my heart set on becoming an accountant, studying Commerce at University in Adelaide. That was before my career went off on a severe tangent, starting in radio as a form analyst at the age of 18. My love of racing has taken me from Adelaide to Sydney and now to my new home of Melbourne. During my trek around the country I have worked in television, radio and print media, having hosted flagship Saturday morning programs in both Adelaide and Sydney. With my knowledge of the analytical elements of form, I bring this valuable insight to RSN's Winners program to help punters find a winner each weekday from 10am-1pm.”
Racing reporter. Brisbane On-Line presenter.
“I’ve had the racing bug from the time I could walk, attending country races in Queensland with my grandfather. He was actually the local racecaller, and I propped beside him with a custom-made stand and my very own tiny binoculars. I chased a career in racing, studying Sports Journalism at University, while taking a part time role as a Stipendiary Steward in the ACT.
I’ve spent eight years editing Turf Monthly, and been named Australia's Young Thoroughbred Journalist of the Year. Later I became breeding writer and form analyst for Racing And Sports, and in 2010 I was appointed to the Racing Desk of Brisbane’s Courier Mail. Racing is my life, but I genuinely fear for its long term future. That's why I am devoted to being as much a part of the industry as possible, in order to spread the word to a wider audience on what this wonderful sport has to offer.”
Greyhound racing expert and form analyst.
"I saw my first greyhound race as a teenager way back in '68, and that chance encounter started a passion for the breed that has never left me. Now, I've trained them for twenty years, and I've raced them for over forty!"
"I started reporting on greyhounds in print in the late 1980s, moving to radio in the early 90s with the old 3UZ, and covering the first Top Gun in '93."
"I became a regular contributor in '96 with the old show Chasing Extra and now Correct Weight. Along the way I've worked on TV and held plenty of media roles including my current position as Publicity Officer for the Australian Greyhound Racing Association."
"I've seen all the great champions from Zoom Top to Miata, and travelled all over Australia and overseas serving on industry boards and organisations."
"As well as reporting on Correct Weight, I've been tipping on the Winners program for four years, with a very handy strike rate on the Quaddies."
“I was still at high school when a greyhound called Striding Ahead made a huge impression on me. I caught the train into the city, into Olympic Park, just to watch this amazing dog, the fastest beginner I’ve ever seen.”
“From that point on, I was bitten by the greyhound bug - it’s fast, furious, and exciting, and it’s a privilege to call these magnificent intelligent canines flying across every grain of sand, flicking up from boxes to the winning post.”
Member of The Ego Hour, Winners’ Friday Panelist, Carnival Digital form analyst.
“I’ve spent a lifetime in and around horseracing. I grew up in Caulfield, and while most kids did paper rounds to earn a bit of pocket money, I mucked out boxes. Some might say that instead of picking it up, I now talk it! I started in the media through a community radio show in the early nineties where the “Racetrack” moniker was born, and my first commercial gig was on Triple M’s top-rating Saturday morning sports show ‘The Grill Team’.
One of the first things that host Eddie McGuire said to me was, ‘think everyone listening couldn’t care less about racing. Make what you say interesting to them and everyone’s happy.’ That early lesson really resonated, as it made me aware that racing’s strength can occasionally be its weakness. The ‘track & form speak’ that we all lapse into from time to time can be so confusing to an outsider, that it potentially puts them off getting more involved with this great sport. I’ve always tried to explain racing to those not intimately involved, and perhaps conversely now that I’m on a hard-core industry show like Racing Ahead, I’m often challenging racing administrators and participants as an outsider looking in. I spent nine years at Channel 9’s ‘The Footy Show’, and the ‘Sunday Footy Show’.
In radio I’ve been fortunate enough to win awards for racing coverage at five different Melbourne stations. I think I bring to RSN my research, passion, cynicism and fearless opinions.”
Check out Racetrack Ralphy's website for a full form analysis www.racetrackralphy.com.au
Markets and form analyst. Veteran racing reporter.
“I started as a cadet journalist with the notorious Truth newspaper before I’d turned 16. Truth was considered a scandal sheet, but it had the reputation of having the best form guide in Melbourne, and I was one of the form boys under Racing Editor, Ron Taylor. I then worked as a racing journalist with all the major Melbourne newspapers until I was appointed Chief Racing Writer for the Melbourne Herald in 1986, replacing the late Jack Elliott on his retirement. When the Herald closed in 1990 I went into business for myself, and since then one of my roles has been to present racing previews for RSN. It’s been a great life, and a real pleasure to meet the people in racing and to watch champion horses while you work. When racing gets into your blood, well, you never tire of it.”
Living legend. Strong-minded. Sydney correspondent
“My role is pretty simple, to bring the sporting news and perspective from Harbour City. Sometimes I’ll add my constructive criticism, and all the time I’ll be swatting away the rev-ups that Chrisso and Mick deal out. It’s great fun to be able to communicate with you southern cousins this way. Personally, I love all sports, but in my 46-year career I’m best known for calling Rugby league, swimming and horseracing.”
Racecaller. Country racing and jumps racing specialist.
“I’ve broadcast every sport in my 25 years of professional calling. But racing has always been my love, ever since I was calling events with Lego horses when I was four. I love all the codes, I understand the punt, and I know what the fans, owners and sponsors go racing for. It’s my job to make country racing and jumps racing calls as exciting, colourful, entertaining and as passionate as I can without losing the accuracy you need from the racecaller when you have had a wager with your hard-earned.”
Sports news man. Executive Producer RSN Breakfast
I was into all sports as a youngster, growing up as the son of a sport photographer and mad golfer. I loved hearing dad's stories of beaten favorites at the track. My other interest as a kid was radio. I followed that dream to Broken Hill and spent five wonderful years in the outback reporting on all the local sport, including the famous St.Pat's race meeting, and the Saturday night harness racing at Memorial Paceway. Then it was back to Melbourne, joining RSN as Producer of the Breakfast Show, where I’m uncovering stories and tracking down guests, in racing and all sorts of sports.
Ace greyhound caller. Greyhound Panel analyst.
"After 30-plus years as a racecaller - more than 26 of those at RSN - my love for the art of racecalling is as big as ever. One of the most striking and iconic Australian sounds is the Aussie racecaller - there's nothing like it anywhere in the world. To be a tiny part of that tradition for so long, and getting paid to do it, is a dream come true."
"My own philosophy on racecalling is this - Keep It Simple. It's the race itself which is the essence for the listener or viewer, and essentially they're our customers. Perhaps that great Russian racecaller Nikita Khrushchev was talking about the art of racecalling when he said to John F. Kennedy, "We may drink out of a small glass, but we speak with warm feelings."
Globe-trotting. Sports-mad. Honorary Aussie.
“I’ve covered everything, from the Kentucky Derby and the Arc, to soccer's World Cup, the Olympics and the Super Bowl. But of the thousands of sporting events I’ve witnessed, one from November 2005 is among the great thrills of my life – that was being at Flemington to see Makybe Diva win her third Melbourne Cup. Just two weeks later in Sydney I saw the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup. I was a Yank living in Australia at the time, and saw how exhilarating sport can be for an entire nation. Now based in New York City, I enjoy interviewing Aussie competitors based in the US about their sporting passions and sharing those stories with our listeners.”
Racecaller. Greyhound enthusiast.
“I was introduced to racing by my parents at the tender age of seven. Some families went on drives in the country – we spent Saturdays at the races, rain, hail or shine. And, listening to legends like Bill Collins, Bert Bryant and Joe Brown, I knew I had to become a racecaller. Just as Greg Miles calls the gallopers’ Melbourne Cup, I consider calling greyhound racing’s Australian Cup, Melbourne Cup and Topgun the absolute pinnacle of the sport. I’ve now been at the helm for 31 years.”
Soccer correspondent. UK and Euro expert.
“I’m a former professional footballer, with over 18 years in the professional game, with Arsenal, Cheltenham, and in Hong Kong. I’m now Academy Manager at Cheltenham Town F.C., and also a BBC Radio and Press Association match summariser for Birmingham City , Reading , Cardiff , Oxford and Swindon. My job is to keep Aussie football fans in touch with the news and results from my side of the world”.
Host of 'Racing Ahead', 'The Thoroughbred'. 'Correct Weight' Co-host. International Racing Expert.
“I have followed racing passionately all of my life, driven first by my love of the animal, then the competition of the race, and finally by an ever evolving fascination of the punt. The racing industry, no matter which code you focus on - thoroughbred, harness or greyhound, has so many stories to tell and many more issues to debate. I want to give you as much knowledge as possible, in a balanced format, which will allow you to take a position on any racing issue. You will discover this the moment that you tune into Racing Ahead.
The racing industry is going through a critical time as it fights competition in the sports and entertainment sphere. I want to help it reconnect with its fan base. All through the week, you will be encouraged to be involved in the discussion. Tweet, SMS or email me.
Adding to the coverage, Ralph Horowitz joins me for The Ego Hour every Monday to push the boundaries, and jockey Chris Symons appears Thursday mornings with 'In The Saddle'. You'll also hear from the key players - the participants and administrators - throughout the week to keep you ahead of the game, whether here in Australia or internationally. On Sundays, The Thoroughbred will give you a look at the industry from the owners and breeders perspective.”
Racecaller. Passionate racing man. TV host.
“I’ve called races most of my life. When you have passion, and a genuine love of every facet of the Sport Of Kings, you get rewards that other careers just can't match. Racing should be exciting - a bit over the top. Calling lets you paint your own canvas and make it a piece of art. It’s raw, it’s off the cuff, it creates a rollercoaster of emotions. It is my calling.”
Carnival's Master Analyst. Daily Sectionals' data pioneer.
"Just like most punters, I started out using a conventional form of analysis, like handicapping, when I first became interested in the wagering side of racing. This was back in the early eighties. From there, I developed an unquenchable desire to learn every aspect of form analysis, in particular the effect of time, and more specifically the effect of sectional ability on the outcome of a race.
"I'm passionate about providing listeners with accurate data, so they can interpret the information in their own way. And I want to help punters in their understanding of individual runners or races from a sectional times' perspective."
Co-Host 'Correct Weight'. Trackman. Form analyst.
“I've been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. What got me hooked was cheering on Champions like Saintly, Better Loosen Up, Red Anchor and Bonecrusher. Not many people get the chance to work in an industry they’re so passionate about, and my role as a form analyst and trackwork reporter could be described as my dream job. Twenty years as a regular at Flemington trackwork has given me a ton of great memories and insights into racing and its personalities. Managing jockeys Steven Arnold and Peter Mertens has been a rewarding experience.“