June 5th, 2006 at 10:38am
You may recall that a couple weeks ago legendary race caller Tony Campbell passed away after a battle with cancer.
Well I’m pleased to be able to bring you the news that Tony’s amazing contribution to racing and the community will not be left to disappear in the pages of mass public history. Instead the Canberra Racing Club have decided to name a day and feature race on their new racetrack after the late Tony Campbell.
Canberra to honour Tony Campbell
1 Jun 2006
Canberra Racing Club announced on Thursday that it will honour its former legendary racecaller, the late Tony Campbell, by staging a new feature race meeting in his name on the Club’s exciting new Acton track.
Friday, 25th August 2006, will see the inaugural running of this event which will be highlighted by a new feature race; the Tony Campbell Cup. Additionally, to honour the great skill of all racecallers, the second feature race on Tony Campbell Cup Day will be known as the Racecallers Cup.
The Canberra Racing Club is planning for this meeting to become a very special annual event and one that will grow into the premier meeting to be conducted on the Acton track each year.
The last Canberra meeting that Tony called was on Melbourne Cup Day 2005. On that day two races were conducted on the Acton Track. To date only three racecallers have called races on the Acton Track; Tony Campbell, Ian Craig, and Josh Fleming. Both Ian and Josh have been invited to call at the inaugural Tony Campbell Cup meeting.
Craig, Sydney’s premier racecaller, and great friend of Tony Campbell, has agreed to be the inaugural caller of the Tony Campbell Cup. Josh Fleming will call the Racecallers Cup and a number of other supporting races on the day.
A number of other great racecallers from around the country will also be invited to attend the meeting and to call a race in Tony’s honour.
Chief Executive of Canberra Racing, Damien Foley, said: ‘Canberra’s Acton Track, Australia’s first synthetic racetrack, has performed brilliantly since being opened for racing and it is fitting that the first feature meeting to be conducted on this surface be named in honour of one of Canberra racing’s greatest ambassadors, the late Tony Campbell. This annual event will ensure that Tony’s contribution to Canberra and region racing will always be remembered.’
The Chief Minister & Racing Minister for the ACT, John Stanhope, will be invited to present the trophy to winning connections of the first running of the Tony Campbell Cup.
The 2006 Tony Campbell Cup, an Open handicap run over 1280m, will offer $40,000 in prizemoney and the 2006 Racecallers Cup, a 1206m Class Three Handicap, will offer $22,000 in prizemoney.
I might just have to try and make my way out there on that day. It may mean not being paid for a day, but it is something I would like to cover here on this site, especially seeing as Tony Campbell is one of the few people to ever receive the prestigious Samuel Salute.