With the major racing concluding at the Spring Carnival last weekend, it seems an appropriate time to acknowledge it was the final Melbourne Cup call for the doyen himself Bruce McAvaney.
Channel Ten takes over
As of next year, channel Ten will have the rights to broadcast the carnival. The Seven network losing rights to the prestigious coverage.
The four days of racing which includes Derby Day, Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day has been a staple on Seven since 2002.
The rumour mill was in circulation mid-year that a broadcast change may transpire. In late August a Seven spokesman all but confirmed the news shortly before Ten made the official announcement.
“We are proud of our award-winning racing coverage. But as we have consistently said about the economics of sports rights, the deal must make commercial sense or we will step away.”
The broadcasting switch has since been confirmed. And last week marked the final occasion that Bruce McAvaney was behind the microphone to call the race that stops the nation.
Thanks for the memories Bruce McAvaney
McAvaney was interviewed in the lead up to the Cup on 3AW radio. It certainly felt like the end of an era.
“There will be a little bit of sadness at the end of the day. I’m staying with Seven until I retire and I think I’m getting pretty close to that.”
The South Australian has long had a love for horse racing. With great knowledge that shines through in the presentation and the interviews.
The 65 year-old has certainly provided plenty of entertainment not only in his race calling but also footage that has emerged watching the races and most notably his love of Winx.
Something will be missing in the Melbourne Cup coverage next year but Seven still has the rights to other notable racing events including The Everest, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup.
We might just see a few more ‘special’ moments before the curtain is drawn on a legendary career.
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) October 26, 2018
We heard Bruce could call any #MelbourneCup off the top of his head, so we put him to the test…
— The Front Bar (@thefrontbar7) November 1, 2018
— Kennedy Molloy (@kennedymolloy) November 5, 2018