Hilarious moment Australia’s leading horse racing caller spots two planes coming in to land and provides commentary on which one would win
- The leader was clear but the big bird was coming home
- Caller saw it all and perfectly described the action
- He’s now progressed from dogs to horses to planes
Leading race caller Darren Flindell may be the voice of horse racing for many around the world, but now he has taken his skills to new heights by calling an imaginary race between two passenger airplanes.
When Flindell recently spotted two international flights coming in to land at Sydney International Airport, he could not resist.
A Boeing United Airline plane and a smaller Alaskan jet were coming in to land on separate runways at the same time and Flindell saw it as a race to touchdown.
The legendary race caller picked up the microphone and immediately started calling a fictional race between the two planes – and the end result is priceless.
Two planes on their final approaches appear locked in a battle to land first
Darren Flindell (pictured) took to being on the ‘air’ waves to a whole near level when he saw two planes fast approaching a landing
‘What a great race this has been, they’ve got 500 to go,’ he said in full race-calling mode.
‘And Alaska on the near side, three lengths clear from United. Alaska holding a good lead.
‘400 to go now and Alaska two lengths clean from United, they scatter the birds.
‘Alaska getting the nose in the air for a little bit now, might have hit some wind shear.
‘Alaska a length in front, United is really running the inside … United it not giving up.
‘Alaska in front by about a business class margin, a first class margin, United lunges on the inside and got up!’
‘Right on the line United dropped the nose and put the wheels down where it counted and nailed Alaska who looked home.’
The fictional race between the two jets became tight at the finish line with Alaska surrendering a huge lead to United
Darren Flindell at Sha Tin racecourse where he was the English race caller for many years before returning home to Australia
Flindell previously provided the English race call for the world-famous Hong Kong aces at Sha Tin and Happy Valley for many seasons before heading back to be the voice of Sydney horse racing eight years ago.
And now he is going viral for different reasons with the innovative race day description of the planes coming to land.
‘I think that is what makes broadcasting so much fun, ‘ he said.
‘Just not having a plan and riding with the emotion of a race.’
Flindell, who was laughed at when he was at high school after he told all and sundry that he wanted to be a race caller, started his calling career at the Moss Vale greyhounds.
Now he has earned himself plenty of new admirers, with viewers lapping up his aviation race call on social media.
‘Be fuming if you had Alaska here. Dead cert to win,’ one viewer posted sarcastically.
‘I can see him now…perched in the ATC tower with his 10-50’s,’ another posted with a series of laughing emojis.
‘I’ve enjoyed this far more than I should have,’ added another.