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THERE will be no easing up in Greg Miles’ race to the finish line.
His last day of calling at Caulfield on Saturday will see the voice for a generation overseeing his biggest meeting since Melbourne Cup Day.
“It’s the biggest day since the spring carnival. There’s 161 runners and 10 races, they don’t come much bigger than that,” Miles said.
Miles was knee-deep in doing his form and learning colours on Thursday afternoon but said he was being constantly interrupted by well wishers.
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“I’ve got to keep my head down as I don’t want to stumble at the last hurdle,” he said.
Miles said he had been overcome with the accolades he had received in recent weeks in what has been dubbed his farewell tour.
“It’s been overwhelming. People and racing clubs have been so kind. I’ve found it ridiculous but I’ve embraced it too.”
“Possibly if I did it again I might call the last race and then go quietly off into the sunset.”
He said Moonee Valley Racing Club had just given him life membership which he described as “humbling.”
“Flemington is going to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting and the Melbourne Racing Club have been fantastic.”
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The Melbourne Racing Club will make a presentation to Miles after the third race.
“I’ll hand the microphone over to Matt Hill for a few races but I’ll be back to call the last three races,” he said.
The last race is the Bravo Greg Miles which he will call at 5.20pm.
Miles said Hill was the right man for the job to replace him and he also pointed out that he had nothing to do with his selection.
“Initially when I retired I said I’d help out with the selection of my replacement but a week later I rang Bernard Saundry up and said I don’t think I should be involved as I knew all the applicants,” he said.
Hill though carries Miles’ blessing to become the new voice of Victorian racing.
“He’s an outstanding race broadcaster with a very listenable voice and a nice delivery,” Miles said.
“Punters will warm to his accuracy. Also there’s no histrionics with him and he will capture the moment when it needs to be captured.”
Originally published as Miles ahead as they load for the last