Racecaller Barry Jones, who for half a century was the voice of Queensland country racing, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 75.
Jones lived for much of his life at Dalby on the western Darling Downs.
He called race meetings at tracks such as Dalby, Jandowae, Bell, Warra, Wandoan, Taroom, Tara, Miles, Talwood, Flinton, Kumbia, Burrandowan and Warwick.
He called his last meeting at Kumbia on Melbourne Cup day, 2015.
Close friend and fellow racecaller Paul Dolan said Jones was an example of what made racing a great sport.
“Barry drove thousands of kilometres a year to call races but he loved every minute,” Dolan said.
“He was a genuinely nice bloke who loved a chat and had friends throughout the state. Barry was able to watch his last Melbourne Cup on Tuesday and died shortly after.”
Jones is survived by his wife Gina and their children and grandchildren.