Fa­mous caller to fea­ture at Au­tumn Cup

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One of horse rac­ing’s most fa­mous call­ers, Daniel Mielicki, will fea­ture at the Finley Au­tumn Cup this year.

Mr Mielicki, a former Mel­bourne and Caulfield Cup caller, will be the voice of the event’s ‘sixth race’ on Satur­day, March 17 — ‘The Great­est Race Never Run’.

It will fea­ture past lo­cal con­nec­tions in­clud­ing own­ers, jock­eys, train­ers and horses, and Mr Mielicki said it would al­low him to re-live some of his favourite mem­o­ries of call­ing at Berri­gan — which he started at the age of eight.

He de­buted as a caller in Fe­bru­ary 1978 as an eight year-old, which lea to a guest caller job at Berri­gan a month later.

A reg­u­lar call­ing job fol­lowed at Berri­gan for a num­ber of years.

‘‘The hype of that (de­but call in 1978) caught the at­ten­tion of Berri­gan & District Race Club pres­i­dent Howard Martin who in­vited me to stay with him and be a guest caller of two races,’’ Mr Mielicki said.

‘‘The club was in­formed the reg­u­lar caller had been in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent and couldn’t make it, and all of sud­den I was to call the en­tire pro­gram. ‘‘I re­mem­ber it was a 40 de­gree day. ‘‘A few years later I be­came the club’s reg­u­lar caller, un­til early 1987 when I gained a job as a sports jour­nal­ist/race caller with Chan­nel 10.

‘‘I called many meet­ings at Berri­gan and got to know plenty of peo­ple, and par­tic­u­larly the train­ers in the area.

‘‘I called Cam­paign King’s trial be­fore win­ning on de­but at Berri­gan, and he went on to break the Aus­tralian record at 800m.’’

Mr Mielicki said he owes a lot of his ca­reer high­lights to the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided to him by the Berri­gan & District Race Club, and he was ex­cited to call ‘The Great­est Race Never Run’ for the Finley Au­tumn Cup crowd.

‘‘My call be­gins at the mount­ing yard, goes through the ex­cit­ing race and fin­ishes in the win­ner’s cir­cle,’’ he said.

‘‘My race call will take place af­ter the last race.’’

Pun­ters will be able to get in­volved in the ‘sixth race’, by pur­chas­ing a sweep ticket.

All Finley Au­tumn Cup VIP Mar­quee tick­ets hold­ers will re­ceive au­to­matic en­try into the sweep, as will Berri­gan & District Race Club mem­bers who can present their mem­ber­ship card at the gate.

For the gen­eral pub­lic, $10 sweep tick­ets will also be avail­able for pur­chase at the gate.

The Finley Au­tumn Cup is a five-card race day, which fea­tures the Coun­try Club Ho­tel Finley Au­tumn Cup Hand­i­cap.

Gates to the Berri­gan Race­course will open from 11am on race day, and there will be chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and live mu­sic from Fake News band mem­bers Nathan and Justin.

Full TAB and book­maker fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able on site, and there will also be ca­ter­ing and a bar.

Any race day would not be com­plete with­out a Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion.

Buses run­ning from Finley to Berri­gan will leave Finley’s Coun­try Club Ho­tel at noon and will re­turn af­ter the ‘Great­est Race Never Run’ call.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the bus phone Carolyn Alexan­der on 0427 668 062.

For more on race day, phone Carolyn or Jane Hawkins on 0429 991 264.

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