Wilson, nephew of Queensland legendary trainer Jack Wilson
who trained Eye Liner and son of bookmaker Herbie Wilson,
started calling the races in Gladstone in central Queensland
and moved to Brisbane's 4BC (when they were the racing station)
in around 1969.
can’t recall the first race, but the first meeting
was the Gladstone Cup."
pay packet was a hefty 10 shillings a day, equal to a dollar.
“I thought it was okay — I was on a milk
run as a boy in Gladstone and got about $2.25 for six mornings
“I can’t remember ever making a conscious decision
to be a race caller, but had no doubt I’d be involved
in racing in some form,” he said.
“I love horses and it gets in your blood. The jockeys,
the personalities, the trainers and the thrill of the punt
— it’s an intoxicating sport.”
His grounding was ideal, calling races in Gladstone
and the region.
“You were working under extreme difficulties, from
the stool to the jockey room to what I work in today, it’s
been the bottom of the pile to the Taj Mahal”
as 4BC's #2 thoroughbred caller and harness racing caller
under legend Vince Curry for 13 years until Vince retired
many years of calling, he got to call many of the greatest
horses to race in Queensland at the end of the last century
- Strawberry Road, Doomben champ Chief De Beers, Apache
Cat, Rough Habit and Black Piranha.
"Of course I loved calling Rough Habit and though
I didn't call him much, I did call Strawberry Road's Derby
win. And I've got to say in recent times Apache Cat's Doomben
10,000 wins were also memorable." (Courier-Mail)
retired on August 7 in 2010, the 41st anniversary of his
first Brisbane race call. Fittingly, Wilson's last race
call was at the Gladstone Cup at Ferguson Park racecourse
the following Saturday, bowing out at the place it all started.
is no right time to walk away from something you love doing
but there are other things in life, like family, that I
want to devote more time to. I’m sure my professional
life will still revolve around racing but on a reduced level”.
his achievements of calling champions Wayne has been a successful
owner including winning the Macdougall Stakes with a horse
called Do You Remember.
miss it like hell. I just love doing it and racing has been