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Robert Edwards

Robert was born in Newcastle, NSW and came across the then dirt track of the Nullabor Plain to WA in 1962 with his parents, Roy and Maureen. He gained firsthand knowledge in the thoroughbred industry working for his father, who was a leading trainer in the 1970's and 80's during weekends and later full-time before going to University.

Robert became a cadet journalist with The Western Mail Newspaper in 1981 and later lived in Hong Kong where he worked as the Racing Editor for The Standard Newspaper before returning home in 1987, where he gained employment with The West Australian as a member of the racing team.

He had educated, trained and owned thoroughbreds in a lifelong career in the racing industry.


David Hunter

David made a career in government as an Accountant after earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Curtin University.

He made the move to thoroughbred racing in the late nineties as Executive Officer and Handicapper with the Western Australian Turf Club and on its inception in 2003 he was appointed Manager Thoroughbred Racing and Chief Handicapper with RWWA.

He brings a degree of freshness to the panel along with the knowledge gained in the very relevant position of Handicapper.


Ernie Manning

A baby boomer, Ernie was raised and educated in the south west of the state and has had an illustrious career in journalism, specialising in racing and pacing, for nearly forty years.

His encyclopaedic knowledge of all things thoroughbred saw him the chief racing writer of the Daily News for 16 years and is he currently writing for The West Australian.

He owned many city winners during the 1970's and 80's and has been attending Melbourne Cup Carnivals for over thirty years.


Bob Pearson

Born in 1956 Bob is a well known West Australian business man who has always had strong ties with racing in WA as well as other sporting bodies. He is currently Chairman of the Australian Racing Board and a director of RWWA.

He was President of the East Perth Football club in the early 90's and at about the same time served a period on the W A Turf Club Committee.

Bob has strong ties with swimming as his son Todd is an Olympic gold medallist.

Having raced some very good gallopers over the years he is definitely the man to get the good oil from.


Darren McAullay

Raised and educated in Kalgoorlie, the talented young Goldfields sportsman decided to pursue his passion for horse racing and broadcasting when he commenced race calling professionally at the age of 16 with the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club.

After being offered a position with former racing station 6PR in 1980 at the age of 17, McAullay has since risen to become one of Australia’s most prominent and respected thoroughbred commentators. He has been TABradio’s (1206 AM metro) senior race broadcaster for the past 15 years.

McAullay also broadcast WA Harness Racing for well over a decade, including covering 5 Interdominion Series, has been a prominent bloodstock auctioneer throughout Australia since 1985 and is currently the Executive Officer of the Western Australian Racehorse Owner’s Association.


Max Simmonds

A Midland boy and very proud of it, Max was born in 1936 and went to work at the West Australian newspaper in 1953. He trained as a racecaller under Keith Gollan and called his first race in 1953.

He called 42 Perth Cups and his dulcet tones were heard for the last time after Tumeric won the Perth Cup in 2003, that's 50 years of calling races.

Max still works as an assistant judge at the provincial races and is the best known face in his beloved Broome where he has visited every year for as long as most people can remember.


Ted van Heemst

Born in Rotterdam, Holland. Graduated from the University of Melbourne, and then the University of Western Australian, Ted is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

He was a Member WATRIC 1990-95 and represented that body in the preparation and submission of the following papers to our state government: “Revitalising the racing industries” June 1991; “Racing Industry Planning Group on Taxation and Commission Rates” Jan 1992; “Industry response to the proposed changes to the TAB Betting Act and the Betting Control Act” August 1995

He has held numerous positions within the racing and breeding industry, including:

WA Bloodhorse Breeders Association 1989-2000

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia 1989-2000 (President 1996-2000)

Chairman Asian Thoroughbred Breeders Conference 1998,2000

Director Aushorse 1995-98

Member Western Australian Turf Club Committee 1995 to present

Director Australian Racing Board 1996-2004

WA Delegate Racing Information Services Australia 2002-04

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