SPECIAL DAY: Claire Nutman will be hoping to score a winner at Monday’s meeting at Tyers Park with grandfather and recently-retired race caller Paul Ambrosoli attending. 061013nutman
HE is a man who is intrinsically linked with Sydney greyhound racing, but on Monday it is a gallops meeting in Bathurst which will hold Paul Ambrosoli’s attention.
Ambrosoli forged a reputation within the racing industry as a skilled racecaller, but now he has retired he can turn his attention to other pursuits.
Ambrosoli will be present at Tyers Park, joined by members of both the Bathurst racing and greyhound community, in an afternoon tea celebrating his contribution to both industries.
Ambrosoli and his wife Pat have made regular visits to Bathurst to watch the gallops, but also to race greyhounds at Kennerson Park over the past 40 years.
The caller’s focus will also be spent on watching granddaughter and Bathurst apprentice Claire Nutman in her quest to ride a winner on the seven-race program.
Nutman has won the Central Western Districts Racing Associations Apprentices Premier- ship for the past two years, enjoying an excellent start to her career.
The caller decided to bring his glowing career to a close in June but has no regrets, happy to take leave while he can still keep himself busy.
“There was no plan B after retirement. I was still calling well and felt OK so I just thought ‘why not?’. Does one really want to retire and go on after that with a walking stick?” he said.
“I’ll be concentrating on the stable I have with my son and daughter. We purchased some old stables at Hawkesbury, they need a bit of work and that’ll be something else to do.”
Ambrosoli says the gesture by the Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Club is the latest in a string of memorable tributes, reminding him how much he has enjoyed being an active part of two different racing communities.
“I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed by the very thoughtful and heartfelt words people have had for me after my retirement. There was a last call video made and it was highly flattering and something that I didn’t expect,” he said.
“People forget that I called horse races for many years and I’ve always had close contact with the horse racing industry. It’s nice that I can straddle both those industries, but it must be remembered that I enjoy betting and that’s brought me closer to all aspects of racing.
“I’ve only ever had one ambition in this job and that’s to give people at home the service I would have expected if I was in their position watching from home. That was it.”
It’s not just Ambrosoli who’s enjoyed his travels to Bathurst. His son-in-law Richard Nutman has fond memories here, taking out the Bathurst Cup.
Nutman’s horse Kindling is nominated for the meeting’s Benchmark 60 Handicap, making it a real family affair for Ambrosoli.
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