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Tony Lee bursts back into reality

  • Fri, 24 Feb 2017
  • Dennis Ryan
Tony Lee will be back behind the microphone next week.

Tony Lee will be back behind the microphone next week.

The New Zealand Racing Board today confirmed that Tony Lee has been reappointed to his former role as raceday commentator for thoroughbred clubs in the lower North Island.

The race-caller best known for his “the dream bursts into reality” line as Castletown reached the winning post for his third Wellington Cup victory in 1994 has not been heard on New Zealand airwaves since October 2012.

For three decades he was the central districts commentator before he split with his employers, the NZ Racing Board, but he recently spent time as a commentator in Malaysia before returning to New Zealand last year.

The role became vacant in December when incumbent Tom Wood took a commentating role with the Singapore Turf Club.

Lee commences duties almost immediately, with his first day back behind the microphone Lowland Stakes day at Hastings next Thursday, March 2.

“It has been confirmed today that Tony Lee has been appointed to the role of commentator for central districts racing,” said the NZRB’s Manager of Media and Corporate Communications Kate Gourdie this afternoon in a brief statement to “He commences on March 2 with the Hastings race meeting.”