Greg Miles – Don’t forget your binoculars

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Legendary Race Caller, Greg Miles has packed a lot of adventure into his 40-year career in broadcasting.

Melbourne-born Greg called a record 36 Melbourne Cups, two more than the revered Bill Collins and three ahead of his mate and mentor Joe Brown. He also called a record 36 Cox Plates and 36 Caulfield Cups.

He became known as “The Voice of Australian Racing”, with the Herald Sun newspaper branding him “Calling Royalty”. He called his first Melbourne Cup in 1981, aged just 22, and his last in 2016, retiring soon after at 57. He called for radio and television, starting with the ABC, then Sky Channel, Sport 927 and Racing.Com.

Racer caller Greg Miles poses for a photo in the broadcast box at Moonee Valley racecourse. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

He was also the course broadcaster at the Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Sandown tracks. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for services to racing and is a life member of the Victoria, Melbourne and Moonee Valley Racing Clubs.

This coming June you can get up close and personal with the man himself at the 16th annual Williamstown Literature Festival. In conversation with John Harmes, come along as John will attempt to unpack the life of a fascinating inspirational gem of Australian horse racing literature whose life has been peppered by struggle, tears, failure, self-doubt, lucky breaks and, ultimately, supreme achievement and accolades.
To book tickets head to www.willylitfestorg.au. 

Or by phone at Hobsons Bay Tickets Box Office on (03) 9932 4074 Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm.

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Author: Sportshounds

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