Clifford Park has hosted some of Australia’s most renowned and celebrated guest speakers at its annual TAB Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch.

And colourful Australian jockey Noel Callow promises to keep that flag flying when he steps onto the Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium stage at Clifford Park next Friday.

Noel is now a resident jockey at his new Gold Coast base after relocating from Victoria, but not before he rode against some of the best in the world across Asia and Australia, where he has notched almost 1,500 winners – including five Group One victories.

Next Friday, Calcutta lunch patrons are in for a treat when Noel “King” Callow reveals his “hidden” talent as a storyteller and straight shooter.

When it comes to stories, Noel has plenty of ammunition to work with after rubbing shoulders with the cream of Australian and international racing’s achievers and characters.

“I’ve had one ride in Toowoomba after I moved to Queensland, and I haven’t been back since,” Noel said this week.

“Things are going good for me at the coast and I’m loving what I’m doing.

“But I’m looking forward to getting up there next Friday for an enjoyable afternoon and some fun. That’s what it’s all about.”

Noel is a self-described “bogan”, who has not been known to be shy when offering an opinion or his thoughts during numerous career interviews and speaking engagements.

The best horses, jockeys and trainers are popular chestnuts Noel is sure to reveal next Friday along with where he earned the nickname “King”, while he also has some candid thoughts on the most corrupt racing centre he has ridden in.

Joining Noel on the afternoon sports panel will be Queensland Origin legend Gene Miles.

The TAB Weetwood Calcutta Sporstman’s Lunch begins in the Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium at noon, cost is $95 per person which includes a two-course lunch. Tickets can be purchased here:

By Glen McCullough