Race caller Tony to join elite
GLADSTONE race caller Tony McMahon has been invited to join an elite band of leading race broadcasters to take part in Australia’s longest-running Race Caller’s Invitation Day at Newcastle’s Broadmeadow racecourse on March 17.
Along with the Gold Coast’s Steve Hawkins, Rockhampton-based McMahon will represent Queensland.
McMahon, the racing writer with Rockhampton’s The Morning Bulletin for the last 22 years, is on-course broadcaster at the majority of country race clubs throughout Capricornia.
For 16 years until December, 2005 he was on-course broadcaster for the Rockhampton Jockey Club.
In recent years he has been the Mackay Turf Club race caller from where his calls are heard throughout Australia and beyond.
It was McMahon’ precise call of the famous Mackay race in January in which seven horses in the eight horses field commenced with “Craiglea” that has enhanced his reputation worldwide as a professional caller.
That race caught the ear of former Gladstone boy and long-time top executive with the Newcastle Jockey Club, John Curtis.
“After hearing Tony’s call that day that made the Newcastle Jockey Club eager for him to be part of our invited broadcaster’s list. His Mackay call was simply brilliant and was recognised worldwide. The publicity that was generated from that race was amazing,” Curtis said.