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Would be interesting to see where some have gone? I know a few have passed away, some retired,  but what has happened to the others? 
Kevin Payne, sacked by racing board, what is he up to? 
Alby Gain?

 

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1 hour ago, Newmarket said:

Would be interesting to see where some have gone? I know a few have passed away, some retired,  but what has happened to the others? 
Kevin Payne, sacked by racing board, what is he up to? 
Alby Gain?

 

I was having a buffet breakfast at  Alexandra park a few years ago and saw alby, the whale and a few others doing likewise. I think alby had some connection to hees garden Chinese restaurant some time back but not sure if he does now.

I used to really like Ian chambers calling around Nelson/Blenheim  his calls were great 

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For so long Ian Chambers was the voice of the top of the south as well as the Coast meetings.But yes would be interesting to see what the past commentators are up too these days.

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back in the day i liked that the seddon shield tracks had a non canterbury commentator

be it jack o'donnell, eric percy, ian chambers and now craig rail it was/is a welcome point of difference

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4 hours ago, Newmarket said:

Would be interesting to see where some have gone? I know a few have passed away, some retired,  but what has happened to the others? 
Kevin Payne, sacked by racing board, what is he up to? 
Alby Gain?

 

ian chambers had the restaurant at the rangiora rsa around the time he retired

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28 minutes ago, Rangatira said:

back in the day i liked that the seddon shield tracks had a non canterbury commentator

be it jack o'donnell, eric percy, ian chambers and now craig rail it was/is a welcome point of difference

I had forgotten about Eric Percy...reon always did reefton though ..it used to be good when clubs elected their own commentator ....who was the race caller in southland before Davy mac? 

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1 hour ago, Flagship uberalles said:

I had forgotten about Eric Percy...reon always did reefton though ..it used to be good when clubs elected their own commentator ....who was the race caller in southland before Davy mac? 

bill cherry ?

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3 hours ago, Flagship uberalles said:

Terry Yule Cambridge commentator died 2013

Thats sad, forgot about him

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7 hours ago, Rangatira said:

back in the day i liked that the seddon shield tracks had a non canterbury commentator

be it jack o'donnell, eric percy, ian chambers and now craig rail it was/is a welcome point of difference

Eric percy, forgot about him. 
Did Kevin Payne have the tab in dunedin? 

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really good piece from the sun in 2012 about Eric Percy a carpet layer by trade..  I didn't realize he went back to calling the trials at waterlea in 2009 after his wife died, in the 2012 piece he was 72 so he'd be close to 80 now. he also talked about a race call he did where a wasp got in the box and stung him 4 times while commentating on a race......

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Dave McDonald replaced a guy Haywood ( George ) I  stand corrected on his first name , he replaced  Bill Cherry who retired to Queenstown . Davy was in training to be or was a full time fireman who called at  workout's / trials . Mr Haywood was only into the full time job , from memory only a month and died suddenly and that is how  the icon of the south got started in the commentators box . The timing of this was the mid to late 70's . When Davy celebrated his 40 years as a commentator Ian Chambers , kevin Payne and Reon Murtha of yesteryear where in attendance to celebrate the day . I remember not that long ago Davy got Donna Beck the oncourse presenter to call the 1st of the day ,a 6 horse aprox  field , ground breaking at the time , I bet the overpaid bosses dished out the warning notices that day .

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13 hours ago, Newmarket said:

Eric percy, forgot about him. 
Did Kevin Payne have the tab in dunedin? 

Soon after he was treated so badly he had a courier run.  Don't no whether he still has.

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Murray Burns ?   Can remember his " You can run to the tote "   Nice guy met  him once at Radio Pacific   function, would have been mid 1980's.

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On 8/01/2020 at 10:31 PM, Flagship uberalles said:

really good piece from the sun in 2012 about Eric Percy a carpet layer by trade..  I didn't realize he went back to calling the trials at waterlea in 2009 after his wife died, in the 2012 piece he was 72 so he'd be close to 80 now. he also talked about a race call he did where a wasp got in the box and stung him 4 times while commentating on a race......

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Was he also an Author? 

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2 hours ago, Newmarket said:

Was he also an Author? 

there was nothing in the article about him being author, but I see there is a Eric Percy that has written books from Marlborough so he may well have done that after 2012. Eric percy also called  18 international rugby matches for radio....... these commentators from days gone by are so much more interesting than the ones now...apart from probably dave Mac and Tony Lee.

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OK - you guys obviously don't listen to trackside radio on a Saturday morning which presented every week by Peter Early and Alby.   Alby still has shares in a few Harness horses.

 

Ronaldo -  I see Murray most harness meetings at Cambridge.

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On 9/01/2020 at 10:16 PM, Ronaldo said:

Murray Burns ?   Can remember his " You can run to the tote "   Nice guy met  him once at Radio Pacific   function, would have been mid 1980's.

and "you can run to the tab" when his audience was off course listening to radio pacific

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