Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Young Man Made the Right Call Back in ,CO73

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Young Man Made the Right Call Back in ,CO73

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LITTLE did outstanding Sunshine Coast racecaller Paul Dolan know that some 40 years ago Co when he was nurtured into the industry by Nanango icon Barry Green Co his voice would be heard for four decades throughout Australia covering thoroughbred and greyhound meetings.

Yesterday, Dolan celebrated 40 years of race calling at the course where it all began for him Co the Wondai sand track Co in 1973 when regular caller Barry Green had a wedding date with his bride.

Since then he has provided outstanding service at Burnett racetracks, plus regularly calling eight races each Sunday at Caloundra and feature Saturday meetings at that track.

Born in Brisbane in 1953, Dolan was educated at convents and colleges at Sandgate and Scarborough. His mother attended the races most Saturdays and took him at the early age of 12 to Albion Park, Doomben and later Eagle Farm.

C[pounds sterling]I was enthralled by the whole scene, but particularly the activities of the racecallers,C[yen] Dolan said.

C[pounds sterling]At Doomben, they were at the back of the public grandstand and I would watch the top announcers in Vince Curry, Keith Noud and Larry Pratt in full cry.

C[pounds sterling]By age 19, I had been practising my calls and decided to write to various country clubs to seek permission to meet their announcer. Miriam Gittins, then secretary of Kilcoy invited me there to meet their caller, Barry Green, a Kingaroy-based radio announcer who covered the whole circuit on Saturdays from Kilcoy to Gayndah.

C[pounds sterling]Barry was seeking an assistant and took me on board. I did an audition tape at Nanango in early March 1973 and he was impressed enough to say come to Gayndah on March 31 and call a race in which he would have a runner as an owner.

C[pounds sterling]That first race was just a field of three and produced a very close finish. I was too nervous to try and predict the winner. I can still picture the finish as if it was yesterday. The winner was Jamaica Princess in blue colours, ridden by Graham CyTinyCO Spencer.

C[pounds sterling]The late and great jockey Ken Russell, then an apprentice who lived in Monto, rode the second placegetter, Kandy Prince. …

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