Sky's racecaller Luke Marlow admits it is with mixed emotions he is leaving Sky Racing to take the number one racecalling job in Singapore next month.
Marlow, 25, started with Sky Racing in 2011 and said he would “forever indebted” to Sky for the opportunities and career development the broadcaster provided.
“Gee it was a hard decision. I love working at Sky and they’ve been so supportive, but it’s the right time in life to jump in and try something new and exciting like this. If I’m going to do it, it’s now,” he said.
“I’m pinching myself really. I’m a kid who grew up in Thangool (almost 600kms north-west of Brisbane), moved to Rockhampton then got the chance to come to Sky in Sydney in 2011.
“I owe so much to Sky. And it all started with the John Tapp Scholarship they ran, which I was part of.”
Marlow is one of a number of Australia’s next wave of racecallers to come through the John Tapp Scholarship, which includes: Sky Racing’s Mitch Manners and Josh Fleming as well as Melbourne’s number one thoroughbred caller, Matt Hill.
Marlow finishes at Sky Racing on 13 October.
“Don’t worry, I’m sticking around to be at The Everest. I’m not missing that,” he said.
“I’ll head to Singapore on the Monday because I want to be there for a few weeks leading into the big international meeting in November.”
Sky Racing’s chief racecaller Darren Flindell, who himself had a 16-year stint calling in Hong Kong, including nine as the number one caller, praised Marlow’s contributions to Sky: “Luke is an outstanding young talent who calls with great passion, balancing accuracy with flair. He’s bound to do Australia proud in Singapore.”
Tabcorp’s EGM of Media and International Darren Pearce added: “Racing is a truly international market now and as sad as we are to lose Luke’s talents to Sky and Australia, there is also an underlying sense of pride in the development Luke has acquired with Sky and that this will be showcased on a global stage in Singapore.”