Race Callers

Darren Flindell

A former Sky Racing presenter, Darren returned to Sky a senior caller after a 16 year international career. He joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1999 in a race calling and presenting role, then took the No.1 position as senior caller in 2007 presenting races at Sha Tin and Happy Valley. Darren began as an on-course announcer at Wentworth Park and Harold Park in 1986. In 1991 he landed a race calling position, with Sydney radio 2KY (Sky Sports Radio), working closely with the legendary Ian Craig. Sky secured Darren in 1995 as a presenter, producer and host across all three racing codes. Darren then took up the overseas opportunity before his return to Sydney armed with a wealth of international broadcasting experience.

Anthony Manton

Anthony started his racing career in journalism before working for leading corporate bookmakers as a form analyst and bookmaker… all the while pursuing his passion for race calling.

Selected as a finalist for the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2011, Anthony made the transition into the full-time media gaining international experience calling races in Malaysia before returning to Australia in 2014.

Along with race calling duties throughout his time at Sky Racing, Anthony has covered many roles from hosting programs, studio presenter, form expert, radio and on course host.

Josh Fleming

Hailing from country Queensland, Josh was the second recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2003. Now Sky Racing's principal Queensland race caller, he is a rising star in racing media.

Fred Hastings

After starting his career at the Richmond greyhounds, Fred is the number one harness race caller for Sky Racing. After a period as a race day coordinator and program manager, he achieved his lifetime goal of being a full-time race caller.

Kevin Thompson

Kevin is a long-standing caller of harness racing in NSW for Sky Racing. He has enjoyed an affinity with the sport since he first attended a Harold Park meeting in 1965.

Mitchell Manners

The third recipient of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2008, Mitchell is a graduate of what is colloquially called 'The Alan Thomas Academy for Race Callers'. The son of a former jockey, his breeding backs up his talent.

John McDermott

For four decades John has been the voice of racing in the Hunter region of New South Wales. His great passion is calling greyhounds, an area where his contribution has been acknowledged by the NCA with a race in his honour called 'The Macca'.

Luke Marlow

The latest winner of the John Tapp Race Calling Scholarship in 2012, Luke hails from Rockhampton in Queensland. His youth belies his experience, because apart from an innate skill to call races, he has assisted his parents on their thoroughbred stud and regularly rode track work for his father who has a trainer's licence.

Alan Hull

Amassing over 40 years in his craft of calling both harness and the gallops, Alan Hull is an everyday name on the tracks of the South West Riverina in NSW and on the airwaves of Sky. Beginning in the late 60's calling the trots, he expanded to call all three codes. Alan is credited with calling four Inter Dominion Series events in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and New Zealand. Now a thoroughbred race caller, Alan has been tagged as the golden voice of the Riverina, having called the Wagga Gold Cup since 1979.

Anthony Collins

Possessing an industry knowledge and natural vernacular, after gaining his harness racing driver’s licence in 2002, Anthony was immediately seconded to call. A Queensland caller, from Redcliffe to Toowoomba he called at a variety of tracks. Anthony is now the voice of the Northern Rivers and all mid coast racing in NSW. 

Bob Poetschka

Bob took up greyhound race calling back in 1960. Following his retirement from the greyhound game, since 1985 Bob has been calling both the trots and the gallops in the Hunter and North West region of NSW.

Col Hodges

Col has been calling races for over 40 years. The first holiday Col took from the caller's box was forced by the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007. Col has a passion for the gallops and meeting different people within the racing industry.