Racecaller Jack Styring sadly dies

Styring was highly respected across all facets of the industry and made a name for himself as a race caller, but he also dabbled in breeding, a studmaster, owner and accomplished journalist.

Styring called his first race at Kaniva in 1950 at the age of 21 and called his last at Yea in 2011 60 years later having called at many meetings throughout country Victoria and interstate.

Amongst his calling achievements were seven Melbourne Cups and 60 Gunbower Cups, a feat recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

In 1992, Syring was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to horse racing as a race caller, broadcaster and journalist while in 2011 he was acknowledged as the inaugural recipient of the RV Distinguished Service Award which recognised individuals for their outstanding contribution to the sport within Victoria.

Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said it was sad news hearing Styring had died.

“Jack dedicated his life to racing and is an icon within the sport, entertaining the crowds at our racetracks for over six decades with his colourful commentary,” Thompson said.

“He ensured that a day at the races was an enjoyable and memorable experience for generations of fans and he continued to work as a racing journalist into his 90s, still covering the sport that he loved so dearly.

“Jack was a man of outstanding character, a much-loved member of the Victorian racing community and he will be greatly missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him in person or listening to his countless race calls.”


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