LOUD AND CLEAR: Racecalling royalty gathered when Anthony Collins, John Tapp, Alan Thomas and Greg Miles farewelled Matt Hill (right).
LOUD AND CLEAR: Racecalling royalty gathered when Anthony Collins, John Tapp, Alan Thomas and Greg Miles farewelled Matt Hill (right). Leigh Jensen

Hill on a high for the next chapter of rising career

A BRILLIANT future as an all-round broadcaster awaits Matt Hill who signed off for SKY Racing at Coffs Harbour's Pink Silks meeting.

Hill, 34, will join the ABC in Melbourne aiming to expand a career that's already seen him cover 17 different sports up to Olympic level.

Winner of the first John Tapp Racecaller's scholarship, the brilliant broadcaster made his farewell in the company of his legendary mentor.

"I was supposed to make my last race call at the 1998 Coffs Cup but it rained for two days and the opportunity went begging," Tapp recalled.

"Instead we all headed to Coffs Ex-Services club where we partied for about two days.

"When Matt rang to say he intended to emulate me by coming to Coffs for the last time, it touched me very deeply.

"This young man has the world at his feet and it's amazing to think he's still only so young.

"In five years time, we'll list him among the greatest sporting voices this country has produced."

Greg Miles, the man who calls the Melbourne Cup, flew north to honour the talented young man he first met as a 15-year-old.

"I was still working for the ABC and Matt's mum (Sue) would bring him along to the races," Miles said.

"It was astonishing how he soaked everything up.

"What sets him apart is his sense of history.

"He knows exactly where everything fits into place and that's a rarity in our trade."

Hill spoke with emotion about those who'd guided his path.

"These men have been like second fathers to me," he said.



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