Racing.com has announced that racecaller Terry McAuliffe has accepted the role as South Australian presenter and journalist.
McAuliffe has been calling for more than 30 years and has enjoyed his past 20 years calling thoroughbred racing in South Australia.
Raised on the streets behind Morphettville Racecourse, McAuliffe is extremely grateful for the opportunities he's received in the industry for which he cares so much.
"As a young boy I lived close to Morphettville and I remember walking around the stables, I never thought I'd get the chance to call 20 Adelaide Cups and plenty of other amazing races," said McAuliffe.
"There are so many people to thank, but I really must mention Ray Fewings, Keith Thomas and Geoff Pitt, who helped me get into the role and have provided me with so many amazing memories."
McAuliffe explained that now was the perfect time for change and that joining Racing.com was an exciting opportunity.
"I'm happy with what I've achieved as a racecaller, now I'm eager to get involved with Racing.com and continue my career in thoroughbred racing," he added.
"I've always tried to be a personable caller, but I feel with Racing.com I'll have the chance to demonstrate that even more and engage with the industry participants."
McAuliffe brings diverse broadcasting experience to the role having called the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Melbourne in 2006, as well as travelling to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
His role will see him host our race-day coverage, as well provide inner-sanctum access to all facets of the South Australian racing industry.
"This is a really important time in the history of South Australian racing, and we think Terry's unrivalled experience and strong relationships make him the perfect candidate to strengthen our race day, news and feature coverage," said Racing.com's CEO Andrew Catterall.
McAuliffe will work alongside form analyst James Jordan, who expressed his delight at the announcement.
"I'm really excited to be working with Terry. I've had the chance to broadcast alongside of him on some of the bigger days on the calendar and I'm sure we'll bounce off each other well," Jordan said.
While Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) expressed disappointment that McAuliffe will hang up the binoculars, chief executive Jim Waters can see the upside in him joining the Racing.com team.
"Terry is undoubtedly one of Australia's finest commentators and we're extremely fortunate to have him in South Australia," said Watters.
"While it's a shame that we won't have him calling the races anymore, we are delighted to hear that he'll be adding to South Australian racing with Racing.com and we look forward to this next chapter."
McAuliffe will commence his role with Racing.com in mid-July.