Popular racing journalist Grahame Timberell (pictured here in background) officially retired on Magic Millions day at Wyong after almost 15 years covering Provincial and Country racing stories across NSW.
Grahame, who has had forged a long and successful 53-year career as a journalist, became a familiar face at Wyong Race Club after starting work there in July 2006.
He had been writing stories for the Newcastle Jockey Club at the time and after taking on Wyong his business grew to include six other country NSW race clubs Scone, Muswellbrook, Lismore, Ballina, Port Macquarie and Taree.
“I’ve really enjoyed the work. Racing can turn up some wonderful stories and it is great being a part of it,” Grahame said. The Wyong RC made a special presentation to Grahame at the end of the day to mark his long service to the Club.
“From a Wyong perspective I think the seeing the club develop and evolve into one of the best Provincial Clubs in the State has been a highlight. “The two day carnival has also grown to be hugely successful and Wyong itself has become a great training centre. “Jockeys are always raving about the racing surface. It really is a great set-up.”
Grahame originally hails from Lismore and while his family weren’t racing people a great-great grandfather was one of the founding members of the Lismore Race Club and raced and bred horses.
Ironically his son Michael later became the secretary of the Lismore Club for 11 years.
“Obviously there is a bit of racing blood in the DNA. I’ve had an interest in a couple of horses over the years but not much luck in that regard.
“I started out at 18 as a journalist at the Lismore Star and worked there for 13 years. For the last eight years I covered sport with a fair emphasis on racing.
“I was employed by the Newcastle Sun as a racing writer in 1979 and when it closed I moved to the Fairfax Bureau servicing the Sun Herald and Sydney Morning Herald.
“When I was made redundant in 2002 I was looking around for something to do and started concentrating on racing.
“I was fortunate to pick up quite a few clubs in the ensuing years and it has been great.
“I have met so many good people, plenty of characters and I have no doubt I’ll miss it.”
Grahame intends to spend his retirement travelling with his wife Sue and spending time with his four sons and their families.