Caro­line’s Sharp Eye for the Thor­ough­bred

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Caro­line Searcy was born with a burn for ev­ery­thing equine.

An Ade­laide girl, Caro­line was of­ten seen rid­ing her bike to Vic­to­ria Park just to watch the horses run and it was there a love of speed and of the breed was sparked. Since then Caro­line has fol­lowed her heart, grad­u­at­ing with an Arts De­gree from Flin­ders Univer­sity in South Aus­tralia be­fore trav­el­ling north to Dar­win to find her spot on Ra­dio HOT FM as a news reader and pro­ducer. That was in 1992 and Caro­line con­ducted weekly on-air sports pan­els, and dur­ing North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s foot­ball league sea­son worked as the ground an­nouncer at Mar­rara Sta­dium. From Dar­win, Caro­line moved to Can­berra as a se­nior news­reader and pro­ducer for Aus­tereo’s FM104.7. She soon gained week­end work with Cap­i­tal Tele­vi­sion, op­er­at­ing as a sports reporter pro­duc­ing lo­cal sports sto­ries and week­end rac­ing re­ports for Chan­nel Ten’s na­tional pro­gram Sports Tonight. By 1995, Fox Sports snapped her up as a se­nior pre­sen­ter and pro­ducer where she rel­ished in reg­u­larly in­ter­view­ing sports stars such as Pat Rafter, Wayne Carey, Harry Kewell, Gai Water­house and many more. Af­ter 11 years and with rac­ing on her mind, and horses in her heart, she made the move to thor­ough­bred broad­caster TVN. Caro­line re­mained at TVN for nine years as on-course host and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and pre­sen­ter of thor­ough­bred pro­grams. In the au­tumn of this year with the ad­vent of Sky Rac­ing’s thor­ough­bre­donly tele­vi­sion chan­nel, Sky Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral, and fol­low­ing Sky’s sign­ing of a 10-year me­dia part­ner­ship with Rac­ing NSW, Caro­line was courted by Sky and was en­gaged as part of the newlook Sky broad­cast team. “I think it's fan­tas­tic that NSW rac­ing is now be­ing fully cov­ered by Sky Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral.

“I’ve felt a great en­ergy and warmth among the Sky Rac­ing team and a real de­sire to show­case this great sport, from ev­ery an­gle since join­ing Sky,” Caro­line said of her new role. Not only is Caro­line’s thor­ough­bred knowl­edge and know-how now ac­cessed on the track with live host­ing broad­casts for Sky – of­ten be­side the Chan­nel’s num­ber one Greg Radley – but Caro­line’s pedi­gree pas­sion ig­nites on air for the ben­e­fit of view­ers. As the in-stu­dio host of mag­a­zine breed­ing show ‘Bred to Win’ Caro­line spreads her wings and comes into her own, de­liv­er­ing the show with pro­fes­sional aplomb. Back on Sky Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral for the breed­ing sea­son, ‘Bred to Win’ is to be ex­tended to one hour on screen each week. “I love the breed­ing and back­ground to the in­dus­try so I re­ally en­joy get­ting out to the studs to show­case stal­lions and the breed­ing scene,” Caro­line said as she pre­pared for a Hunter Val­ley and Vic­to­rian studs so­journ this spring. A com­mit­tee mem­ber of Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers New South Wales, Caro­line is keen to at­tract many new peo­ple to the sport, with her ded­i­ca­tion to mak­ing the horses and their back­grounds the fea­ture of her pre­sen­ta­tions. “Nat­u­rally wa­ger­ing is a fo­cus given the im­por­tance of turnover to the en­tire in­dus­try, how­ever, the ex­tra time to fea­ture trainer, jockey and of­ten owner in­ter­views gives a great in­sight into the amaz­ing sto­ries be­hind the real stars of the sport, the horses them­selves” she said. “I think it's vi­tal for the next gen­er­a­tions com­ing through to re­ally high­light the back­ground of as many horses as we can. The real stars at­tract the peo­ple,” she added. Caro­line is also in­volved with the Rac­ing NSW Thor­ough­bred Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Trust who en­deav­our to re-train thor­ough­breds for a life af­ter rac­ing. Caro­line can be seen on Sky Rac­ing’s Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral (Fox­tel 521).



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