Race caller Daniel Farrell.
Race caller Daniel Farrell. Blainey Woodham

A lifelong calling

RACE caller Daniel Farrell has come a long way since calling races on his TV as a child.

Mr Farrell, who called all six races at Tweed River Jockey Club yesterday, says it is not about just talking fast when calling local races.

“People always say I’m talking fast, but it’s just fluent,” Mr Farrell said. “You’ve got to be thinking about what you are going to say before you say it.

“An excellent short-term memory also helps.”

Mr Farrell got on the road to being a race caller when he was a child, and would call out races at home on the television.

He advanced to standing around local race clubs with his binoculars and a tape recorder calling the races.

“I would play them to the race caller there and he would tell me what I’ve done right and what I’ve done wrong,” Mr Farrell said. “I’ve been doing it for 10 years now and it’s a great line of work. I love it.”

The Benowa resident, who also calls races for the Gold Coast Turf Club, said he does several non-TAB events at the Tweed River Jockey Club a year.

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