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Approach made for Hill

Racing.com broadcaster Matthew Hill could be set to be heard across Channel 10’s new raceday coverage after the network and the VRC asked to use his Melbourne Cup call this morning.

Hill has been the soundtrack to some of racing's greatest moments since accepting the role as Melbourne's premier racecaller for Racing.com in April 2017.

Racing.com CEO Andrew Catterall said they had asked Channel 10 and the VRC previously how they could help in the lead up to their first broadcast.

He said an approach for Hill’s Cup call was made this morning.

"We’ve obviously had Matt down for sometime to call all of the carnival for us," he said.

"He is Australia’s best racecaller and has brilliantly documented some of Victoria’s best racing moments."

Melbourne Cup, picture VRC

Catterall said Racing.com was "absolutely open" to working with Channel 10 and the VRC to organise with a sub-licensing agreement of Hill’s call.

"We’ve got some work to do with Channel 10 and the VRC to come to a sub-licensing agreement of Matt’s call but as the formal approach has really only kicked in from this morning, we hope to resolve those discussions quickly," he said.

"Calling the Cup is obviously an honour for Matt and without a doubt he’ll do the great race justice."

Hill’s tenure has coincided with Winx's past two Cox Plate wins, including her record-breaking fourth success last October, and Mystic Journey winning the inaugural All-Star Mile at Flemington in March.

With over 20 years of experience, Hill has covered a wide range of sports and major events including the Olympic Games, Paralympics, grand slam tennis tournaments and AFL matches.

Hill has called horse races in more than 10 countries with his most notable broadcast abroad coming for the BBC as their lead caller of the 2018 Grand National at Aintree dramatically won by Tiger Roll.

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