The Footy Almanac Podcast Episode 22 – Jack Styring

In this, the last of our racing-themed podcasts for the year, we catch up with legendary race caller Jack Styring, who was kind enough to welcome John Harms and Stone Cold into his home for a cuppa and a chat.

Jack’s calling history dates to back to the late 1940s/early 50s and his last official call was at Yea in January 2011; that’s over sixty years in the business and along the way, he’s created some of race calling’s classic phrases like the field being “strung out like Monday’s washing”, a horse who “went quicker than last week’s pay”, “its mouth open like a mother cod calling for its young”, and the immortal “bearing his molars to the breeze”.

Jack was awarded an Order of Australia for services to racing in 1994 and he truly is one of the legends of the Australian Turf.

A big thanks to Paul Langham from Sky Sports Radio in Sydney for helping make this podcast happen, and lunching for Australia, this is your footy Almanac Podcast.

 

About Stone Cold Steve Baker Thompson Harvey Duckworth

Weapons-grade Grump. Quixotic. Jack of all Trades and Master of None. Ex-power forward for Melbourne Superules FC. Quoter of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm at inappropriate moments. Gun-for-hire, sleep enthusiast, contrarian. Meshuggener. Nebbish. Kibitzer. The dude abides.

Comments

  1. Wonderful; wonderful. Thanks Stone Cold and JTH. It was like sitting in the backyard with my grandad and “Uncle” Jim (aka Korsakoff’s victim that my grandma had adopted) in 1968. Precise long time recollection of minutiae mixed with understandable short term vagueness. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
    I was trying to understand the patterns of the Styring inflection, and whether it was an adopted trademark or a natural wonder.
    Flynny and Harmsy’s accompanying pieces are brilliant, and I am trying to decipher when and where the ‘ah’ is? I sense a rising inflection on the second last syllable, with a fall at the end, instead of the mounting tension of the modern fashion.
    Falling rather than rising at the money shot. Is that too simplistic?
    Did Jack part of the 3UZ Saturday morning racing previews in the 70’s (that we would have heard relayed on 5DN in Adelaide)? I recall someone who used to debate barrier draws with “you’d ah want to draw ah close ah to the ah inside ah at the start of the ah Melbourne to ah Warrnambool ah bike ah race ah.”
    Was that Jack? It sticks in my memory from 40 years ago, and sounds like him.

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