Racing presenter and best mate Andrew Bensley has paid tribute to retiring racecaller Peter Eustace for his efforts in promoting the three codes of racing in the Gippsland region over a 51-year period.
“If it wasn’t for Peter no one would have done it. He always puts so much energy into his work and into his life,” Bensley said at a farewell lunch for Eustace hosted by the Sale Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday.
Eustace was emotional when telling guests that it ‘felt like yesterday’ since he started his media career on his way to becoming the voice of Gippsland racing.
Guests surround Peter Eustace at his farewell at the Sale GRC.
Among the many guests were family members, leading greyhound trainers, racing identities and media from across the three racing codes.
One of the funniest moments of the day came when Des Dooley, Manager of the Sale GRC, recalled that one of Peter’s greatest challenges would have been at the old Sale track, where there was a 484 metre start from which the beginning of races was out of view. This prompted a confession from Peter… “I would just make it up. There was no TV in those days so nobody knew any different,” Eustace laughed.
An inductee into GRV’s Hall of Fame, Peter said greyhound racing was his main passion and his involvement in the sport included time as a grader, trainer, print journalist and adopter.WATCH: Peter Eustace tribute video.
The Sale GRC committee presented Peter with a frame of his beloved Hawks.
Peter Eustace and Andrew Bensley, who were ‘best men’ at each other’s weddings.
Peter with Peter Giles and Pat Jones, with whom he successfully raced greyhounds several years ago.