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Hill getting in the pink to make his final race call

Matthew Hill will be making his last call for SKY Racing during Sunday's Pink Silks raceday at Coffs Harbour. Photo: SKY Racing
Matthew Hill will be making his last call for SKY Racing during Sunday's Pink Silks raceday at Coffs Harbour. Photo: SKY Racing

RACECALLER Matt Hill will bow out as SKY Racing's top voice at Sunday's Pink Silks meeting in Coffs Harbour.

Matt is returning to Melbourne to expand his profile as a sporting broadcaster but fulfils a long held ambition to emulate his mentor, legendary racecaller John Tapp.

It was Tapp's plan to retire after calling a Coffs Harbour Gold Cup meeting but lost the opportunity when the races were washed out.

Fingers crossed there'll be no repeat of that.

"Tappy is making a special trip to Coffs, flying in on race morning to give Matt his send off," Racing Club chairman Alan Johnson revealed.

"Fellow callers Alan Thomas and Greg Miles will join Matt and course broadcaster Anthony Collins to handle the duties."

It's another milestone in the eight year history of Pink Silks racing after the club established a perpetual trust with the aim of raising the awareness of breast cancer.

By directly supporting local women with the disease as well as other women's heath initiatives in the community, more than $350,000 has been raised by the hard working committee.

"The day is a great family day where pink is all the rage and there will be no better way to send Matt off in style," CEO Russ Atkinson said.

Auction patrons may also buy an all expenses paid 5% share in Heaventomurgatroyd, to be prepared by leading trainer Joanne Hardy.

The unraced four-year-old is by Southern Image, sire of current Gold Cup champion Southern Shimmer and is a great-great grandson of Melbourne Cup winner Light Fingers.

"He is in work and almost ready to barrier trial," Joanne said.

"It's a good prize and valued up to $8000, depending on the length of his career."

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