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Wayne Wilson Australian race caller

Wayne Wilson race callerWayne 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.

I can’t recall the first race, but the first meeting was the Gladstone Cup."

The 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 a week".

“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”

He served as 4BC's #2 thoroughbred caller and harness racing caller under legend Vince Curry for 13 years until Vince retired in 1982.

Throughout 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)

He officially 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.

“There 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”.

Alongside his achievements of calling champions Wayne has been a successful owner including winning the Macdougall Stakes with a horse called Do You Remember.

"I'll miss it like hell. I just love doing it and racing has been my life."