Legendary race caller Greg Miles OAM will call his final race meeting at Caulfield’s feature Easter Saturday meeting on April 15.
Known as the voice of Victorian racing, Miles announced in November that he would retire at the conclusion of his current contract in June 2017 but has decided on an earlier date.
"There are a couple of reasons why I've decided Easter Saturday will be my last day,” Miles said.
"Firstly, it's a significant feature meeting of the Victorian racing season that is on that day and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make that my last.
"Secondly, I called my first ever race at Caulfield.
"That was back on Boxing Day in 1979 when I started out for the ABC. So there is a nice synergy of finishing where I started.”
Miles is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest racing broadcasters with the ability to deliver the right line when it mattered in many of the great races that he called.
In November, he called a record 36th consecutive Emirates Melbourne Cup having edged past fellow race calling legend Bill Collins, who called 34.
“By coincidence, and it was not planned this way but it is quite nice, the late great Bill Collins also retired at the corresponding meeting in 1988,” Miles said.
The Melbourne Racing Club will honour Miles with a race in his name on the April 15 meeting.
After retiring from race calling, Miles will work on a series of projects for Racing.com.
During his four-decade long career, Miles has called some of racing’s greatest champions, from Kingston Town and Manikato in the early 1980s to modern day legends Makybe Diva, So You Think, Black Caviar and Winx.
He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to horse racing in the Australia Day honours in 2016.
Miles will call Flemington’s marquee races of the Festival of Racing, the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 TAB Australian Cup, for the last time this Saturday, which will be broadcast on Racing.com and Channel 7.
A decision has not been made on a replacement for Miles as Victoria’s metropolitan caller, with the formal recruitment process nearing its completion.
Greg Miles will call is final Victorian race from his broadcast box at the top of the Caulfield stand on April 15th, picture ThoroughbredNEWS