Caroline’s Sharp Eye for the Thoroughbred
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).
JENNY MCALPINE CATCHES UP WITH SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL’S PRESENTER
AND BREEDING EXPERT, CAROLINE SEARCY