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Offline Arsenal

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« 2017-Apr-17, 06:40 PM Reply #2575 »
Greg Miles was a guest on a Racing.com program today and he was asked about Twitter to which he stated he gave it away about two years ago due to the 90% negativity ........he referred to the keyboard warriors as old men in soiled underpants as the reason.....his replacement MattHill was also a guest and he called the Sandown races today in the process picked a couple of decent priced winners on top one of which I had in my Racenet black book but due to it being displayed as Dontpleadguilty instead of a three word name I didn't get the usual message...I must be more careful in future.

Now while Bernie Cooper isn't a race caller she does lots of pre race previews and recently was on the pony at Randwick interviewing the winning jockeys as they pulled up when Raiment won on Saturday with James Doyle aboard Bernie bowled up greeting him with "James McDonald" a minor slip which was deleted in the Sunday recaps.

Giddy Up :beer: 

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« 2017-Apr-17, 07:01 PM Reply #2576 »
Is Terry McCauliffe OK. Sounded like cardiac problem last race. Seriously.


i saw that. Hope he's okay.  hope ut was just a throat issue

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« 2017-Apr-17, 07:11 PM Reply #2577 »
Is Terry McCauliffe OK. Sounded like cardiac problem last race. Seriously.

Listening again SW there definitely seemed to be a problem but after the call as he did a quick summary of the finish
he did give a short "laugh" after he said he was just about done so hopefully he is fine


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« 2017-Apr-17, 09:11 PM Reply #2578 »
All you need is a decent greyhound caller for that task.

Try having a bet around the Hunter with Johnny Mac calling  :shutup:

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« 2017-Apr-18, 08:26 PM Reply #2579 »
I've had 48 hours to reflect on my last post.

Coincidentally Gintara made the last post but I would offer an olive branch of sorts.

As I wrote on my horseracingonly.com.au. blog today, racecallers should not be immune from criticism.

Consistent errors and "over the top" callers are legitimate reasons for robust debate or even criticism.

Gintara, I feel I got cranky that you jumped on it so early and I did consider it in the "petty" range.   I don't resile from that opinion.

And it's not the first time, that you've made the point that "only my opinion counts"I don't know if me being in the media prompts that response but I can't agree with you.

Notwithstanding, you have been a longer contributor here than me and you call a spade a spade.

Your knowledge of the business is quite evident.

Summing up, we're not immune from a whack but I still think we are often marked too hard.

And, let me tell you, when we do make the mistake, we feel it as hard as anyone.

I suppose no one likes being told,


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« 2017-Apr-18, 08:42 PM Reply #2580 »
Very well put DJF. Oozes class.

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« 2017-Apr-18, 08:50 PM Reply #2581 »
Yes to coin a phrase. Noud would be proud.

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« 2017-Apr-21, 08:25 PM Reply #2582 »
Dean,

Thanks for that.

I don't think you would know that such a short phrase means so much to me.

Keith Noud brought me into the public domain when he was the racing editor of the now defunct Brisbane Telegraph, where I actually worked from 1981 to its closure in 1988.

"Mr Noud", as I always referred to him, wrote a back page story about my schoolboy racecalling in 1974, a picture story in my Ascot State School uniform with a pair of binoculars, the week leading into the Caulfield Cup,won by Leilani.

He was a great ambassador for Queensland racing in his media roles over several decades.

I recall him banging on the door of our family home one morning. What did he want ?

He had bought me some educational reading as a gift.

"The boy should become a university professor not a racecaller Mrs Fowler," he barked out at the front door. I'll never forget it.

I've still got the books.

I hope he looks down occasionally and sees me now. I'm not a university professor but feel so proud to have carried on a tradition from the likes of him, Vince Curry and Wayne Wilson.

Indeed, I hope Noud would be proud.

Don't know you Dean but you triggered a pretty emotional response  and for that I thank you.


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« 2017-Apr-23, 08:56 PM Reply #2583 »
Deejayeff ; thank you for your kind comments. I have long thought that Keith Nouds' contributions to Queensland Racing have long been under valued. Not only was he the course commentator for many years but he was also the Turf Editor of the Telegraph which really had no peer as far as publications of a similar type were concerned. If I cast the old memory back I can still hear his gravelly tones saying at Eagle Farm, Doomben or Albion Park at the conclusion of a meeting "good afternoon Ladies and Gentleman, good afternoon. As you would know both him and the man in the box next to him (the great Vince Curry ) were men of  the highest integrity.
I am sure that they would both be pleased if they could see how the tradition has continued.

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« 2017-Apr-24, 12:45 PM Reply #2584 »
Racecallers are not as relevant as they were in the past with the coverage we get today, if they make a mistake with the name of the horse you have backed and it makes a difference to you......maybe you should take a look at your own capabilities......following a horse in a race ain't rocket science, so long as you know who it it is you are watching is all that should really count.......not a racecaller ever who hasn't made mistakes.....like jockeys they are spur of the moment decisions

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« 2017-Apr-24, 03:33 PM Reply #2585 »
Dave, Times have moved on since the 1960's when win betting was at its peak,not all punters only bet for the win. If you are a trifecta punter second and third placings are just as important as the winner, if you have four horses boxed in the trifecta it is not that easy to watch four horses at any one time, that is why today's race callers are under more pressure than their predecessors.


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« 2017-Apr-24, 06:46 PM Reply #2586 »
Racecallers are not as relevant as they were in the past with the coverage we get today, if they make a mistake with the name of the horse you have backed and it makes a difference to you......maybe you should take a look at your own capabilities......following a horse in a race ain't rocket science, so long as you know who it it is you are watching is all that should really count.......not a racecaller ever who hasn't made mistakes.....like jockeys they are spur of the moment decisions

Great if you are in the car   :shutup:

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« 2017-Apr-24, 10:07 PM Reply #2587 »
What complete rot Dave. What if I am in the car with multiple runners in a race. Who tells me the story ?

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« 2017-Apr-25, 10:06 PM Reply #2588 »
Our resident race caller and radio host David Fowler also has a weekly blog on a competitor's website which is probably old news but next Tuesday night in the Old tote at Eagle Farm Dave is holding a race callers' night and everyone is invited.

"Iím looking forward to hosting a night that will celebrate the history of race calling at Eagle Farm next Tuesday night.

Itís the Thoroughbred Racing History Associationís contribution to the National Trust Heritage Festival.

The Festivalís theme this year is ďhaving a voiceĒ so the focus on race calling is entirely appropriate.

We will either listen or look back to a host of great race calls from some great race broadcasters.

The history of the Australian race calling profession will also be explored in some detail.

Everyone is welcome for a 7pm start in the old tote building that houses the Racing Museum.

I look forward to your company."

Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2017-Apr-27, 09:15 AM Reply #2589 »
No doubt been said before, but Matt Hill has slotted in seamlessly in Melbourne.

Excellent style, easy to listen to and has some idea about pace and how horses are travelling.

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« 2017-Apr-27, 10:24 AM Reply #2590 »
has some idea about pace and how horses are travelling.

It's proficiency in that attribute that defines a great caller.

You could bet your house on Mark Shean's assessment and that was what placed him on the highest of pedestals.   

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« 2017-Apr-27, 08:40 PM Reply #2591 »
Yes , funny I thought he was moonlighting from his day job as an undertaker. Seriously boring. Not within a bull's roar of some of our greatest.

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« 2017-Apr-27, 10:26 PM Reply #2592 »
It's proficiency in that attribute that defines a great caller.

You could bet your house on Mark Shean's assessment and that was what placed him on the highest of pedestals.

Yes, you're spot on, Jeff.

One of the best, if not the best, in this part of the world.

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« 2017-Apr-28, 03:59 PM Reply #2593 »
Christ some people need to be led around by the hand, "what if you are in the car?" what if you are on another planet?? which some seem to be.......99% of people who bet on races watch the races live on that new invention called a Television set.......maybe it is time for those who are being silly to move with the times and get one?? That is obviously to whom I was referring not the 2 people who listen from a car!

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« 2017-Apr-28, 04:03 PM Reply #2594 »
Christ some people need to be led around by the hand, "what if you are in the car?" what if you are on another planet?? which some seem to be.......99% of people who bet on races watch the races live on that new invention called a Television set.......maybe it is time for those who are being silly to move with the times and get one?? That is obviously to whom I was referring not the 2 people who listen from a car!
You may feel that but do you know that to be the case?
Radio stations still cover racing in all its forms extensively and must have an audience base that
keeps them operating.
Statistics would be available.

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« 2017-Apr-28, 04:38 PM Reply #2595 »
SW it doesn't really matter what the stats are, TV is the mainstream and THAT is what I was obviously referring to when I said Race calling isn't as relevant as in the past when 100% of punters were glued to their radio every Saturday, geesh how hard is that to grasp?? You wouldn't think that would need so much explaining, would you?? I was also referring to some criticism of race callers calling the wrong horse or mixing up a horses name......if you know your horse it should not be a big issue, we all make mistakes........well except me that is!  :biggrin:

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« 2017-Apr-29, 10:19 AM Reply #2596 »
Come on Dave, if radio was that irrelevant for race broadcasting how is there a radio station in every capital city broadcasting races and each with relays to provincial stations throughout each state  ? Try going up to any alpine ski resort or on a cruise boat between Melbourne and Sydney and try to get Sky Chanel, yep,some of us are out and about with no access to Sky , but are reliant on the good old radio to listen to races.

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« 2017-May-04, 02:45 PM Reply #2597 »
Like him or not, you gotta say that Rick's call of the Grand Annual makes the race  :)

Forget the Melbourne Cup. This is the major staying contest on the Australian racing calendar   emthup

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« 2017-May-04, 09:15 PM Reply #2598 »
Agreed Poison. I bet old Bert Bryant would love it wherever he is .

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« 2017-May-04, 09:29 PM Reply #2599 »
He's been great all carnival  :clap2:


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