Yea Says Goodbye to Jack
The Yea Cup was conducted on a perfect day for picnic racing and at the same time said
goodbye to racecaller Jack Styring. Following is tribute to Jack from club president Denis Smith:
Racing is known for its ability to create legends - Phar Lap, Tommy Smith, Bart Cummings and lots
of others, but today the Yea Racing Club says farewell to another legend, Jack Styring is hanging up
his binoculars this afternoon after many years of being the resident race caller at Yea.
The Club's records don't enable us to know exactly how many years he has been our race caller, as
for some years he was invited on a meeting by meeting basis. But we do know that he has ticked
off the last twelve seasons in a row.
Jack is well known for his support of country racing especially at the smaller country professional
Clubs like Gunbower and Avoca where has has called no less than 60 and 55 of their annual Cup
Jack is of course known for his colourful phrasing - 'like a codfish calling to its young' ... 'baring its
molars to the breeze' ... and 'coming home at a hundred miles an hour' are several that will stick in
race goers minds for years to come.
Jack began his calling career over sixty years ago and in his career has been associated with
greyhounds, harness and horse racing and the years have not dimmed his memory.
He has an immense knowledge of the great horses of the past, their breeding and the races they
won and a wealth of stories about them, and their connections.
The Yea Racing Club will be making a presentation to Jack after our Cup today.
The Committee takes this opportunity to thank Jack for his contribution, his reliability and the fact
that he is by any measure an all round good bloke!
Jack's role in future will be taken over by his 'apprentice' Ben Sporle.
Ben who is in his teenage years has been calling a race or two at Yea with Jack for the last two
Our Committee thinks that he is an emerging talent and we are delighted that he has accepted
our invitation to step into Jack's shoes.
Yea Racing Club