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Sport & Racing

23 July, 2020

Barcaldine boy going strong on Sky Channel

Promising field to fill ranks at Pioneer Park raceday


COUNTRY CALLER: The racecaller situation in Brisbane involving Barcaldine boy Josh Fleming and David Fowler has been a hot topic in recent weeks.

Sunday Non TAB patron free 5 race program at Pioneer Park has attracted good fields for the program.  The locally trained central runners are well represented, my mail is the track will be presented in top condition via track curator Mick Calvert’s massive effort since taking on the role at the EJC.


The richest race on the program is the $12000 QTIS maiden over 1000 metres. Rockhampton trainer Clint Taylor lines up with Unusual Aunt who joins the Taylor stable with smart South East QLD provincial form and should race well in Sunday’s event and will find this grade much easier.  The Taylor stable is having a strong run of form of late and Unusual Aunt should feature strongly in the finish  .   The main danger looks to be Llano from Bill Trimbles Bluff based stable.  The lightly raced galloper has shown some ability and looks well placed as a each way chance to break its maiden.


The local Pioneer Park trainers are well represented in the  benchmark 55 over the 1000 metre trip in a very competitive field.  Leading Pioneer Park trainer Raymond Williams lines up with Hayylers Tary who makes her own luck racing on the pace and will be hard to hold out in the event, even with the big weight the bonny mare has been allotted. Glenda Bell lines up with Brookes Pleasure and Ross Meek with Bound to Me who both have each way chances in an open contest.


The 1300 metre open plate  has drawn together a small but even field with Glenda Bell’s track specialist Monolad.  Elyce Smith will partner Bell’s tough as teak galloper who logically looks hard to beat.  Bevan Johnson’s old war horse Fabs Cowboy can never be ruled out and will appreciate the plate conditions of the race and is well placed on paper to be in the finish.


The racecaller situation in Brisbane involving Barcaldine boy Josh Fleming and David Fowler has been a hot topic in recent weeks with the issue making it all the way to Ray Hadley’s 2GB talk back radio show and also recieved political attention in a massive back flip.  Sky Channel insist now there will be no change.  Sky channel now insists Fleming will continue to call Brisbane racing on the primary Sky Channel service and on Sky Thoroughbred Central.  Fowler will call on radio TAB.  The initial decision underestimated the backlash that had many up in arms in the racing fraternity.  Josh is a very popular member of the racing fraternity, who is universally liked and well respected. He is a very good caller and will only get better with age.  Fleming hails from the bush, growing up in Barcaldine and calling his first meeting at Longreach in 1998.  Fleming recieved several mentions on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning show last week with Hadley declaring Fleming had been dudded and he was watching the issue and it wasn’t going away anywhere with Hadley calling out sky channel executives on air.  In under 24 hrs a media release from sky was issued back peddling on the decision with the status quo staying the same in the Queensland race caller ranks with the initial decision would have caused a domino effect causing redundancies and reshuffles for several leading provincial racecallers overall.  The decision is one for the good guys in racing.

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