Yesterday’s history making Melbourne Cup win by Makybe Diva was brought to a television and radio audience
of millions by a race caller who just a few months ago was out of a job and at
real risk of not calling his 25th Melbourne Cup.
But in racing luck’s a fortune and today Greg Miles can
attest to that wholesomely. And his 25th call yesterday – the only
“live” call of the Cup – was one of his
When TVN took over the rights to televise Melbourne racing early
this year, it signed 3UZ’s race broadcaster, Brian Martin, as its number one
caller. At the time Greg Miles was the number one caller for Sky Channel, and,
overnight, he was out of a job. But 3UZ quickly signed up Miles, electing not to go with
a “dual” television/radio call by Brian Martin.
So within weeks, Miles was back calling the Melbourne races to the
nationwide radio audience, as well as continuing as on-course broadcaster at a
number of tracks. But his run of luck was to continue.
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Channel Seven retains the exclusive live telecast rights
for the Cup Carnival to the non-TAB premises and licensed hotel/club
market – something of a disappointment to TVN which is owned by the racing
industry including the Victorian Racing Club. As a result, TVN has to put a two
minute delay on its televising of the Cup, and all Cup Carnival races, to its
growing number of residential clients.
Greg Miles was signed by Seven
to be its broadcaster for the Carnival, making his radio and television
broadcast the only live coverage going into homes and numerous function venues
right around the nation. And once again Miles proved that he is the best caller
not only in Melbourne, but Australia.
Australia has always had the best race callers in the business – and if you
doubt that listen in to a race call from the United States!
You would swear they are calling a funeral procession. The best ever was the great Bill Collins, who also
called the then VFL premiership competition and had his own television show
featuring talented musicians, singers etc. Bill was known as “the accurate one,”
and the same description applies to Greg Miles today.
Today’s headlines are all devoted to the best racehorse
of our time and there are millions of punters, regulars and once a year
punters alike, who shared in the historic occasion thanks to a race caller who
just a few months ago was out of a job. Luck is a fortune!