Race Callers

Darren Flindell

From the age of 15 Darren knew he was going to be a race caller.
He began as an on-course announcer at Wentworth Park and Harold Park in 1986, then landed a race calling position with Sydney radio 2KY (Sky Sports Radio) in 1991, working closely with the legendary Ian Craig.
SKY secured Darren's services in 1995 as a presenter, producer and host across all three racing codes. He then took up a race calling and presenting role with the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1999, before taking the No.1 position in 2007, presenting races at Sha Tin and Happy Valley in what was a very successful 16-year stint.
Since his return he has stamped himself as the premier racecaller in Australia and is synonymous with Sydney's vibrant thoroughbred racing scene.
He rates calling Chautauqua's third G1 TJ Smith victory in 2017 as 'exhilarating', and calling the amazing journey of Winx, 'surreal'.

Fred Hastings

After starting his career at the Richmond greyhounds, Fred is now 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 12 years ago, now calling Tabcorp Park Menangle his home base.
Fred has been with Tabcorp for over 30 years and is meticulous about his preparation for every meeting, and has 'tipped the card' on three separate occasions.
Calling Blacks A Fake to victory in the Inter Dominion and his first Miracle Mile won by Smoken Up are personal highlights for one of Harness Racing’s most popular identities.

Matt Jackson

Originally from country Victoria, Matt's career in broadcasting began with Melbourne's RSN 927 before an opportunity arose for him to join SKY. Seizing the chance, he packed up his family and headed to Sydney, where he has since been anointed Sky Racing's No. 1 greyhound race caller. The Million Dollar Chase and Golden Easter Egg stand out as his biggest events on the calendar.
Matt's favourite racing memory came in the thoroughbred arena, when he was in the broadcast booth alongside Greg Miles for Black Caviar's William Reid Stakes win at Moonee Valley in 2013. He likened her entrance to a "prizefighter making their way to the ring" before she blew away the field.

Luke Marlow

Luke was something of a race-calling prodigy growing up, and began in the broadcast booth in central Queensland calling country cards. His potential didn't go unnoticed, and in 2011 he was awarded the John Tapp Scholarship and moved to Sydney to pursue his dream.
Fast-forward to a decade later, and Marlow has covered racing from nearly every angle. He has called greyhounds, harness and thoroughbred racing across New South Wales; presented race days and nights on Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2, and moved to Singapore for a two-year stint as a caller and broadcaster.
Marlow's favourite racing memory is being present at Moonee Valley for Winx's history-setting third Cox Plate victory. If you're looking for him on race day, there's one sure-fire place to find him: the commentary box.

Anthony Manton

Anthony Manton saw the racing industry from a variety of angles, including working as a corporate bookmaker and analyst, before pursuing his passion as a race caller.
Firstly, he moved to Malaysia to hone his craft, where gained invaluable overseas experience. After returning to Australia in 2014, Anthony’s "patch" has been New South Wales' southern districts.
His versatility at SKY is truly unique, balancing his calling with on-air presenter roles, on-course hosting, in-studio magazine programming and radio commentary.
Anthony's greatest tip was the aptly named Sweet Surprise, who won at Bathurst in 2015 at odds of $41. Most importantly for Sky Racing watchers, it was his best bet of the day.

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