Voice of Generation Greg Miles Calls Time on Race Calling
Race caller Greg Miles will not lend his voice to thoroughbred racing any more, having decided that more than 30 years and 36 Melbourne Cups are enough.
An entire generation of racing fans thought of Miles as the voice of racing when they tuned in to listen to the Cup on the ABC and RSN.
Miles is just 57 and intends to hang up his microphone in June of 2017, but he has told his employers at Racing Victoria that if they found what they considered a suitable replacement, he would step aside earlier.
Mile reported that he is not making a hasty decision by any criterion and that he has been pondering leaving for more than five years. He deliberately waited until after the recently concluded spring carnival to go public with his decision, although he had broached the subject in August with Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry.
Miles still has the skills, as evidenced by his call of the 2016 Melbourne Cup, where he managed to sort out of field of 24, half of which was sporting blue colours, and called Almandin the winner in the photo finish with Heartbreak City.
Miles intends to withdraw gradually, in the respect that his intentions include doing some announcing work on Racing.com and producing features of historical importance.