Race Callers

Anthony Collins

Possessing an broad industry knowledge and natural vernacular, after gaining his harness racing driver’s licence in 2002, Anthony was immediately seconded to call.

Originally a Queensland racecaller, he called at a variety of tracks form Redcliffe to Toowoomba.

Anthony is now Sky Racing's voice of the Northern Rivers and all mid north coast racing in NSW. 

Josh Fleming

Hailing from country Queensland, Josh was the second recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2003.

A meteoric rise lifted Josh to become ther principal Queensland racecaller and he can be heard across the Sky Racing network at every major QLD race meeting.

Darren Flindell

Darren returned to Sky Racing as a senior caller after a successful 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 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 Racing secured Darren's services in 1995 as a presenter, producer and host across all three racing codes, before he took up the overseas opportunity.

Since his return he has stamped himself as the premier racecaller in the country and is synonymous with Sydney's vibrant throughbred racing scene.

Fred Hastings

After starting his career at the Richmond greyhounds, Fred is the number one harness race caller for Sky Racing.

Following a period as a race day coordinator and program manager, he achieved his lifetime goal of being a full-time race caller.

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.

A stalwart of Sky Racing, Col has a passion for the gallops and meeting different people within the racing industry. 

Mitch Manners

The third recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2008, Mitch is a graduate of what is colloquially called 'The Alan Thomas Academy for Race Callers'.

This young gun is the son of former jockey Michael, and his breeding backs up his talent on track for Sky Racing.

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 continues to cover many roles including hosting programs, studio presenter, form expert, radio, and on-course host.

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'.

Allan Hull

Amassing over 40 years in his craft of calling both harness and the gallops, Alan Hull is a well known name around the tracks of the South West Riverina in NSW and on the airwaves of Sky Racing.

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 racecaller, Alan has been tagged as the 'Golden Voice of the Riverina', having called the Wagga Gold Cup since 1979.

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, before moving over to Sky Racing as a Senior Producer for The Catching Pen and Formline.

In July 2014, Tim was appointed SKY's Metropolitan Greyhound Racecaller. He has co-hosted The Catching Pen and also features in GRNSW race nights for Sky Racing. 

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