What a classic. Larry Pratt was the brother of successful (1960's to 80's) Brisbane trainer Alby Pratt (decsd).
Larry called the races on Brisbane ABC station 4QR, and was previously understudy to Keith Noud before Keith moved to 4BK. I think he also wrote for the Brisbane Telegraph. In those days racing got a good 3 to 5 minutes in the Sat night news and Larry would leave Eagle Farm, Doomben or Albion Park after the last and sprint for the ABC studios at Toowong for the 7.00pm news.
In this clip, obviously the producer was off with the fairies. I used to hang with the ABC production crews in those days and they could be pretty feral on a bad day. You can see Larry struggling with the floor manager and trying to find his racebook to cover for the production muck up. Classic, and note how he held his sense of humour whilst being the "perfect" ABC announcer.
Larry ceased calling in the 1980's and handed over to Paul Dolan who now does Sunshine Coast race calls on Sundays and greyhound (various) throughout the week with John Brash.
Larry rarely, if ever, attends the races these days. Anyone know his whereabouts?