Celebrating the life of Peter Eustace

The racing world is remembering legendary local race-caller Peter Eustace. Photo: Contributed

RACE-caller Peter Eustace was known as the Voice Of Gippsland for nearly 50 years after moving to the area in the early 1970s.

His race calling career began at Birregurra in 1966, but it was his move to 3TR in Sale where he became best known, covering all racing in the area for both radio and on course broadcasting, especially through the era of non-TAB racing.

Peter covered the whole Gippsland area from Cranbourne to Buchan calling all the three racing codes.

Peter was quoted to say some of his most memorable local horses he called were Brandy Balloon and Precious Robe, and he was also thrilled to have a horse trained by local trainer Danny Mcdonald named after him. Petaeustis, the horse winning on Sale Cup Day 2005, ridden by his great friend Peter Mertens, with Peter Eustace himself on course to witness.

Mr Mertens himself died last year, following a glittering career as a Group 1 winning jockey.

Peter’s biggest claim to fame in more than 50,000 race calls would have to be the day he called a triple dead heat at Stony Creek in 1987. One of only two of its kind in Victorian Racing history. Not only did Peter enjoy calling the races, he loved to promote racing throughout Gippsland with the many articles he wrote for various papers in the area.

Peter had most recently served on the Sale Turf Club Foundation Inc committee, a club that held a big place in his racing heart and a club where he was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Retiring in 2017 after 51 years of race calling and media work, Peter was still a regular sight on track enjoying a day at the races and a small flutter.

Sale Turf Club will hold a meeting in his honour.

The club had arranged a meeting last Sunday, but unfortunately, wet weather led to a washout.

RIP The Voice Of Gippsland.

17/10/1940 – 15/03/2024