Sky Racing

Sky Racing company profile

Sky Racing is a world leader in multi-venue, multi-channel race broadcasting, telecasting more than 80,000 races each year to millions of viewers in Australia and around the globe.

A pioneer of satellite television in Australia, Sky Racing transmits to more than 5,000 outlets across Australia, and into 51 countries around the world via satellite, cable, mobile and the Internet.

Sky Racing has a reach of more than two million Australian homes with the potential to more than double that figure in the near future.

With the launch of Sky Racing2 and Sky Racing World (now Sky Thoroughbred Central) in 2010, Sky undertook an expansion of its network to give viewers the most comprehensive coverage of the three codes of racing anywhere in the world.

Racing fans watching racing in hotels, clubs, TABs or at home now have more choice and racing entertainment opportunities than ever before.

Sky Racing1 (Channel 526) is the long-established Sky Racing channel, which continues to give viewers comprehensive Australian thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing coverage.

Sky Racing2 (Channel 527) features all international racing, as well as offering viewers extended coverage and choice of Australian thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. Sky Racing1 and Sky Racing2 are the core wagering channels and combined provide vision of all races that Tabcorp wagers on.

Sky Thoroughbred Central (Channel 528) is the superior thoroughbred racing channel, showcasing the best thoroughbred racing action from Australia and around the world with in-depth anaysis, mounting yard and experts comments.

Sky Racing is owned by Tabcorp – Australia’s premier gambling and entertainment group.


Sky Racing commenced transmission in 1985 when Australia's first domestic satellite was launched. This pioneering role created enormous interest in the possibilities for satellite narrowcasting, and a number of companies were formed to exploit the new technology.

Within two years operations merged into one entity - Sky Channel.

Launched into the home subscription market on FOXTEL, Optus Vision and AUSTAR in September 1998, Sky Channel was a primary driver of new pay television subscriptions in its initial years.

In 1998 the newly privatised NSW totalisator, Tab Limited, acquired Sky Channel for $260 million.  Then, in 2004, Tabcorp secured Sky Channel as part of its takeover of Tab Limited.

In October 2009, Sky unveiled a new look and name under the ‘Sky Racing’brand.

The following year, Sky Racing heralded a revolution in the presentation of Australian racing, in partnership with Pay TV providers FOXTEL and AUSTAR, with the launch of Sky Racing2 and Sky Racing World to complement Sky Racing1.

Radio is also an integral part of the Sky Racing story.

Radio station 2KY, a Sydney broadcasting institution since 1925, was added to the Sky Racing media stable in 2001.  Now known as Sky Sports Radio, it cemented Sky Racing’s status as a world leader in multimedia racing coverage.

In March 2015, Sky Racing announced the launch of their new throughbred showcase channel, Sky Throughbred Central, which replaced Sky Racing World on Foxtel Channel 521.

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Andrew Bensley

Andrew has an extensive news background and a true passion for racing. Since joining the Sky Racing team in 1998, Andrew has etched himself as the premier news man of racing, providing news services for television, radio, print, online and social media.

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Chantelle Buckley

Chantelle was born and bred into racing through a family of jockeys and trainers. She started her race riding career in 2006 and still rides trackwork every morning and maintains a very hands on approach with thoroughbreds. Chantelle joined Sky Racing in 2015 and is currently expressing her lifetime knowledge through the barrier trials coverage and race day coverage for Sky. 

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Gavin Carmody

Gavin Carmody joined Sky Racing in 2011 after a long radio career. Gavin has racing in his blood with his brother, Craig, a former successful jockey who rode multiple Group One winners and who is now a trainer. Gavin can be seen regularly fronting Sky Racing’s trials coverage, Sky Racing 1 and various race day venues on Sky Thoroughbred Channel.

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Stuart Clark

Famed former Australia and NSW cricketer, Stuart Clark, joined the big Sports Breakfast Weekend team in 2011. He has a well-rounded sports knowledge and an articulate presentation. Recreationally, he harbours a deep passion for his Cronulla Sharks. Stuart has been a member of the Sky Sports Radio team since 2007.

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Bernadette Cooper

A successful career in the saddle has given ‘Bernie’ enormous credibility as a host and analyst. Her expert opinions and insight into Queensland racing have proved invaluable insight for viewers on Sky Thoroughbred Channel.

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Shawn Cosgrove

Shawn Cosgrove has relished a radio and television career of more than 30 years. He started at Radio 3UZ in Melbourne during the mid 70s coordinating races on air when his station confreres were Don Lane, Bert Newton, Bert Bryant and Ugly Dave Gray. Later he transferred to music radio at 3KZ, GOLD FM and Easy Listening 3MP. For good measure, for many years, he was the “Come on Down” voice-over man on the TV show, The Price is Right. However, throughout his long media career, Shawn’s love of racing was undiminished and he is revelling in a return to all codes of racing on Sky Sports Radio. Shawn hosts Racing HQ every Tuesday and is part of the National Racing Service team.

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Richard Freedman

Richard has a strong background in racing having been a member of the renowned Freedman Brothers racing stables. He is insightful and outspoken and can be seen fronting Sky Racing 1.

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John Gatfield

John Gatfield is a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder, and a strong supporter of racing. He has spent his working life in commercial television news and current affairs, including 13 years with Sky News Australia.He spent three years with Racing NSW before joining Sky Racing in 2012 working as a studio host across Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central. John has also worked with the AOC at four Olympic Games, the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi. 

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Adam Hamilton

Adam’s association with Sky Racing began back in 1996 as a harness racing presenter.For 15 years, he juggled on-course hosting at harness racing’s biggest events and being a panellist on Sky’s In The Gig show with his full-time role at the Herald Sun and radio host on RSN radio in Melbourne.He has covered every Inter Dominion since 1997 for Sky. Adam left the Herald Sun to join Tabcorp in late 2011 and is now Head of Communications and Talent. But his passion for harness racing runs deep and you’ll still see him co-hosting the sport’s biggest races on Sky Racing.

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Simon Harrison

Born in Perth, Simon moved to Sydney in 1987. As a youngster he harboured a desire to become a news reader but later an enthusiasm for racing emerged. On finishing High School he spent five-nights a week in the 2KY Parramatta studios learning the craft of race coordinating and ABC broadcaster Mike Broadhurst helped develop and refine his vocal skills. Simon now is the afternoon presenter of the national racing service on Sky Sports Radio. In his own words, ''bringing the races to the people'' is his daily passion.

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Richard Haynes

Joins Sky Racing with 18 years of thoroughbred racing and breeding industry experience. His previous roles range from racing manager to bloodstock and pedigree consultant. Richard has become one of thoroughbred racing media’s most well-respected television presenters. Richard has been a popular host of a number of television shows, who performs well in an ‘on course’ environment, interviewing Australia’s leading trainers, jockeys and owners live.

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Andrew Hurley

Joining Sky Racing in 2001, Andrew has held various positions within Tabcorp’s wagering and the media teamHaving developed a passion for racing while at school, Andrew was always keen to pursue a career in the racing media. Andrew brings an enthusiastic approach to his roles at Sky Racing which include Sky1, Sky2 and TAB Audio. 

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Lizzie Jelfs

In her own elegant and classic style, English-born racing expert and host, Lizzie Jelfs personifies everything wonderful about the Racing Industry. Respected colleague and recognised for the role she played in the success of the David Hayes stables, Lizzie is dedicated to engaging and empowering all, but in particular women with her expertise, in understanding everything that happens trackside and enjoying the sport she so dearly loves.

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Gary Kliese

After a successful riding career spanning 21 years was brought to a premature close, by spinal injuries caused in a race fall in 1996, Gary Kliese joined the Sky Racing team in 1998.From horse form assessment, selections, pre-and post-race interviews with jockeys, trainers, racing identities and background stories, Gary is trackside host at 15 race courses in northern NSW.With a knowledge and appreciation of the thoroughbred industry, Gary loves his work and hopes to continue to provide the Sky Racing audience with a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the sport and provide plenty of winners. 

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Paul Langham

Melbourne-born, Paul developed a keen interest in racing and radio from a young age. After having met Ron Hawkswell he was encouraged to pursue race calling and then he gained part time radio work with 3UZ (now Radio Sport National) and at the ABC assisting Greg Miles. Ultimately he gained full-time employment with Triple S FM in Canberra then 2KY (now Sky Sports Radio )in Sydney. Paul considers he is fortunate to be doing a job that he enjoys in presenting racing to our SSR audience. Apart from studio work, Paul recently celebrated 30 years of calling the picnic meetings at Dederang in north-east Victoria.

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Jason Lincoln

As a self-confessed 'racing nerd' Jason brings a rare depth of knowledge across the three Australian racing codes, as well as the International scene.A runaway winner of Sky Channels 'Racing Wiz' series in 2012, Jason brings a broad wealth of experience to Sky having been a Stipendiary Steward, a form analyst and a professional punter over the past 20 years.Jason is currently seen weekly on Sky as an on air presenter, as well as co-hosting harness racing show, In The Gig, with Greg Hayes

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Priscilla Looker

Priscilla was born into a racing family so it was only natural for her to follow in the footsteps of her grand fathers who were trainers and father, a jockey and now a trainer.Too many broken bones suffered in her own career forced Priscilla into retirement. She has a passion for both the racing and equestrian industry and still compete on weekends.Priscilla lives and breathe horses and would not want it any other way. 

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Andrew Martin

An award winning radio presenter, Andrew took out the prestigious ACRA radio industry honour in 2006. A well-known voice across Sydney’s sports airwaves for more than 20 years, Andrew spent eleven of those years at Nova 969, following his media beginnings on radio 2GB and 2UE. A passionate horse racing fan, with a lifetime of interest in racing, Andrew is an enthusiastic Sky race day host and can be seen on Sky 1. 

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Michael Maxworthy

Originally from Sydney, Michael has extensive experience in the media including radio, race broadcasting and TV host in Singapore. A professional approach and presenting style has seen Michael become one of the strong contributors across Sky Racing’s platforms.

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Mike McCann

Like all passionate Tasmanians, Mike McCann has vivid memories of 40/1 shot Piping Lane's shock win in the 1972 Melbourne Cup -- after that he was hooked. A career in international and domestic sports broadcasting followed, starting in Perth in those halcyon days at Gloucester Park when the great Pure Steel was taking on Satinover, then taking in 9 Olympic Games and commentary in 20 countries since the first 'big one', the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Mike joined Sky Racing in 2010, bringing that wealth of experience to raceday coverage across Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central. 

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Gerard Middleton

Gerard began his media career in London in 2006 working for UK racing & sports betting publication, The Sportsman.He then freelanced for The Sunday Telegraph & BigPond Sport in Sydney before spending more than seven years at Fox Sports as a presenter & reporter.As a TAB media representative, Gerard provides the latest market information on Formline and on track for Sky Thoroughbred Central, as well as providing general sports market updates.Gerard counts himself extremely fortunate he can talk sport, racing & the punt for a living, and also takes enormous pride in providing accurate information & professional presentation.His favourite horse is Lonhro.

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Glenn Munsie

Glenn has been around racetracks even before he was born.He has been a part of the TAB /Sky Racing team in a variety of roles since 1999.Glenn now concentrates on racing providing up to the second TAB betting information, from either Live trackside or hosting from the studio, for meetings covered by Sky Racing’s Thoroughbred Central.He can also be seen regularly as both panellist and host on Formline Extra.His analysis of the betting markets and moves can be extremely helpful in providing viewers with an edge in finding a winner.

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Marc Ohlmus

A sports-mad Melbournian, Marc's fondest memories are ignited whenever in the stands at a sporting event or hearing the not-so-finely-tuned sounds of a transistor radio blaring sports or racing. After finishing university, Marc chased his passion – racing – which led him to a job at the Victoria Racing Club. Western Australia followed where Marc worked for Perth Racing, co-hosting the Sky International and Thoroughbred Central coverage in the west. He also co-hosted TAB Radio's The Sunday Aftermath and occasionally popped up as a bid spotter for Magic Millions. In 2017, Marc completed the Sky Racing Academy under the guidance of Cameron Williams and Lochie Daddo before joining the Sky Racing family full time.

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Nick Quinn

Nick’s love for horse racing began when drawing the horse from heaven, Saintly, to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup in the primary school sweep.After leaving school Nick got his first job in the racing media working in newspapers.In 2007 Nick accepted a job in the Herald Sun racing team and worked there until joining the Melbourne TAB media team in 2013.Nick can be seen regularly on Sky 1 providing updates for punters as well magazine shows such as Formline Extra. 

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Jaimee Rogers

Jaimee’s introduction to racing was early in life as her grandparents were racehorse owners and she followed in their footsteps with shares in gallops, greyhounds and a pacer over the years.Jaimee has been at Tabcorp since 2009. Beginning her tenure in the marketing department, she moved over to the Media team in 2014 and works across both the TAB and Sky Racing brands.She has been a mainstay on shows such as Fox Sports’ Matty Johns Show and Triple M’s Grill Team segments just to name a few.Jaimee can be seen regularly on Sky Racing - hosting magazine shows On The Lounge and Formline Extra.

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Greg Radley

After a lengthy reign as host of Race Day on Sky Sports Radio, Greg made a smooth transition to Sky Racing where he anchored, Off the Rails. He also presents on Sky Thoroughbred Central and hosts trackside at big meetings. A well known figure in the racing and media industries, Greg has established himself as the premier host of Sky Racing’s feature race day coverage and flagship programs Formline and Thoroughbred Weekly.

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John Scorse

With a riding career spanning 26 seasons, John rode more than 1100 winners including four Group 1s and two Group 2s.John rode with success over many tracks and several states, with success in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WA, ACT and Darwin.He retired from riding in 2004 and started work in his new media career at Sky Racing in 2007.John hosts race meetings in the South East and Southern Districts of NSW, where he provides valuable and insightful form analysis, tips and interviews.

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Caroline Searcy

Caroline is credited with 25 years of media experience. Her beginnings came on the radio waves before a move to the television medium. Eventually, her passion for thoroughbreds swept her into industry waters and Sky Racing where she has been recognised and respected for her thoroughbred knowledge and commentary.

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Jimmy Smith

Since having joined the Sky Sports Radio stable, Jimmy's versatility has been a valuable asset. Graduating to the media after an 11-year professional rugby league career, he has successfully transferred his on-field vitality to television and radio. His regular role is co-host of Big Sports Breakfast Weekend and during the summer months Jimmy, co-hosts Big Sports Breakfast Summer with Stuart Clark.

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David Stanley

From a young age Dave was always at the track. His Grandfather had a passion for all codes of racing and would make sure that Dave well and truly had the racing & punting bug for the rest of his life. After finishing school David embarked on a media career in racing and sports. He was a successful winner of the Sky Racing Star Search. David is one of our TAB Media Presenters. He can be seen regularly on Sky Racing 1, Form Line Extra, The Big Sports Breakfast & The Catching Pen.

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Ray Thomas

Racing editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph he is one of the most respected racing journalists in Australia. Ray is the co-host of the Big Sports Breakfast Weekend. His insightful news and views add considerable authority to Sky Sports Radio's racing programs. Ray also hosts Sky Racing's One on One program interviewing racing personalities.

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Jason Witham

Before joining Sky Racing, Jason worked for 13 years at the TAB in a range of roles. This gave Jason a wealth of industry knowledge, which is reflected in his smooth and intelligent on-air presentation. He is a regular host of raceday coverage on Sky Racing.

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Ben Way

Ben joined Sky Racing at the start of 2017 from Fox Sports.He has extensive experience as a Presenter covering major events such as the 2016 French Open, the Australian cricket team's 2014 tour of South Africa, and the Rio Olympics. He was also a Presenter on Fox Sports News for 8 years, and hosted Fox Sports' MotoGP coverage.Ben's love affair with racing has been lifelong. His father pencilled for various bookies over the years, at tracks across South Australia. That is where Ben's love for the punt began.Ben hosts race day coverage on Sky Thoroughbred Central, as well as the network's marquee magazine shows. 

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Tony Brassel

Tony has more than two decades as a racing journalist and is a premier form expert for Sky Racing. He has a great passion for racing and can regularly be seen on Sky 1 where his tips and opinions are widely respected.

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David Gately

David fell in love with horse racing in a golden year back in the late 80’s early 90’s watching the likes of Vo Rogue, Super Impose and Better Loosen Up. He was immediately drawn to the thrill of elite equine competition and form analysis. He sought advice from industry leaders and set himself a goal to become the No.1 form analyst in the country. He started an email tipping service amongst a small group of friends which spawned his own ratings/information service which became a full-time job in 2006 when David joined Best Bets. He then went on to make his television debut with thoroughbred racing channel TVN in 2008. David has a strong passion around educating punters and believes this, along with making racing entertaining and fun, is the key to engage the next generation to this wonderful sport. 

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Mark Guest

Mark is one of our Melbourne-based thoroughbred form experts. He has a great passion for racing and is a regular on Sky 1. 

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Ron Dufficy

Ron is a former jockey and is now an astute form analyst for Sky Racing with many racing followers, fans and punters following Ron’s advice regularly. He is a regular alongside Greg Radley on Thursdays edition of Formline, premier race meetings and Thoroughbred Weekly on Sunday mornings.

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Bradley Davidson

Brad Davidson started his career in print journalism but made the switch to Sky Racing in 2018. His love for racing was sparked by going to the track many times with his father from when he could walk.While he has a strong news sense, Brad’s passion is form analysis and finding Sky Racing viewers long-priced winners. Brad places an emphasis on finding value and loves to take a favourite on when he feels they are vulnerable.Brad can be found on Sky Thoroughbred Central on a host of shows as well as providing late mail, interviews and mounting yard analysis live from the track. 

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Libby Hopwood

Libby's introduction to racing was a different one, travelling from the age of 11 racing Camels in Australia's outback to being offered an apprenticeship after joining racing as a stable hand.She enjoyed 10 years in the saddle and riding always came first until a traumatic Brain injury finished her career and gave her the drive to forge a media career. She is relishing her new role with Sky and trying to give back to the industry.

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Gary Harley

Gary has been a valued and long-time contributor to Sky Racing and its audience. Gary has been a Sky Racing form expert since Sky Racing began.Based in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Gary is a well-known figure there and provides his decades of experience in the racing industry to punters on Sky Thoroughbred Central from all the racetracks in the region.He has worked in the racing media, on radio, television and newspapers covering all three racing codes for 45 years.

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Paul Joice

Paul Joice has been involved in racing media for the past 20 years. He’s experienced in radio, TV and the digital world. He has worked as a form analyst, journalist and editorial manager along with a successful stint managing a stable of Group One winning jockeys. Paul is an avid form student. His passion lies in finding winners and discovering value within the betting marketplace. Now entrenched within the Sky Racing team, Paul can be seen on Sky1, Sky Thoroughbred Central and heard during his regular slots with Sky Sports Radio. He is also a familiar face on the popular TAB app.

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Chynna Marston

Chynna was born into the horse world and has spent her life competing professionally in all equestrian disciplines. Chynna also had a very successful but short career as a jockey in the Southern Districts & South East of NSW. A serious race fall left her with a broken neck and epilepsy. A job at Sky Racing was always a dream, and it came true! It’s given Chynna an opportunity to pass on her knowledge, experience and opinions on horses to viewers in her trackside role on Sky Thoroughbred Central.Chynna also operates Recycled Racehorses, a thoroughbred rescue service giving retired racehorses a life after racing.

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Mick Wallace

Mick's passion for all things racing was ignited at a very young age while regularly attending race meetings with his Great Uncle Bruce. The sights, sounds, smells and colour of being trackside soon led Mick to explore several roles within the racing industry.These roles included writing for various newspaper publications as well as featuring as the long-time host of Coast FM's Saturday Racing Coverage in his home town of Gosford.Mick now appears as a regular race day host on Sky 1, Sky 2 and is a permanent fixture as Sky's form expert at many Country meetings, predominantly in NSW's Western and Central Districts. 

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Anthony Collins

Possessing an industry knowledge and natural vernacular, after gaining his harness racing driver’s licence in 2002, Anthony was immediately seconded to call. A Queensland caller, from Redcliffe to Toowoomba he called at a variety of tracks. Anthony is now the voice of the Northern Rivers and all mid coast racing in NSW. 

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Josh Fleming

Hailing from country Queensland, Josh was the second recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2003. Now Sky Racing's principal Queensland race caller, he is a rising star in racing media.

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Darren Flindell

A former Sky Racing presenter, Darren returned to Sky a senior caller after a 16 year international career. He joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1999 in a race calling and presenting role, then took the No.1 position as senior caller in 2007 presenting races at Sha Tin and Happy Valley. Darren began as an on-course announcer at Wentworth Park and Harold Park in 1986. In 1991 he landed a race calling position, with Sydney radio 2KY (Sky Sports Radio), working closely with the legendary Ian Craig. Sky secured Darren in 1995 as a presenter, producer and host across all three racing codes. Darren then took up the overseas opportunity before his return to Sydney armed with a wealth of international broadcasting experience.

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Fred Hastings

After starting his career at the Richmond greyhounds, Fred is the number one harness race caller for Sky Racing. After a period as a race day coordinator and program manager, he achieved his lifetime goal of being a full-time race caller.

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Col Hodges

Col has been calling races for over 40 years. The first holiday Col took from the caller's box was forced by the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007. Col has a passion for the gallops and meeting different people within the racing industry. 

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Mitch Manners

The third recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2008, Mitchell is a graduate of what is colloquially called 'The Alan Thomas Academy for Race Callers'. The son of a former jockey, his breeding backs up his talent.

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Anthony Manton

Anthony started his racing career in journalism before working for leading corporate bookmakers as a form analyst and bookmaker… all the while pursuing his passion for race calling.Selected as a finalist for the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2011, Anthony made the transition into the full-time media gaining international experience calling races in Malaysia before returning to Australia in 2014.Along with race calling duties throughout his time at Sky Racing, Anthony has covered many roles from hosting programs, studio presenter, form expert, radio and on course host.

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John McDermott

For four decades John has been the voice of racing in the Hunter region of New South Wales. His great passion is calling greyhounds, an area where his contribution has been acknowledged by the NCA with a race in his honour called 'The Macca'.

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Allan Hull

Amassing over 40 years in his craft of calling both harness and the gallops, Alan Hull is an everyday name on the tracks of the South West Riverina in NSW and on the airwaves of Sky. Beginning in the late 60's calling the trots, he expanded to call all three codes. Alan is credited with calling four Inter Dominion Series events in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and New Zealand. Now a thoroughbred race caller, Alan has been tagged as the golden voice of the Riverina, having called the Wagga Gold Cup since 1979.

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Tim Newbold

Tim started his career in Racing Administration working for the Wyong Race Club and at The Gardens Greyhound Racing Club  (Newcastle).  In 2006, he took on the role of the Executive Producer of RACEDAY, Sky Sports Radio's morning Racing program at the time before moving over to Sky Racing's Television arm as a Senior Producer for The Catching Pen and Form Line. In July 2014, Tim was appointed SKY's Metropolitan Greyhound Race Caller. He has co-hosted The Catching Pen and also features Greyhound race nights for SKY. 

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