John Tapp

On Application
NSW, Australia

Specialty Areas

John Frederick 'Johnny' Tapp OAM (born 1941 in Ramsgate, New South Wales ) is a former Australian racecaller based in Sydney, Australia.

During a career spanning thirty-three years it is estimated that he has called over 50,000 individual races and became the voice of Australian racing to a whole generation.

As a child John developed a fascination with listening to famous racecaller of the day Ken Howard on the wireless radio, calling races on a Saturday afternoon.

During the time there was no broadcast of mid-week race meetings, so John began painting Paddle Pop sticks the same colours as the jockeys wore on famous horses of the day and learnt his craft by tossing the sticks into the stormwater drain that ran behind his childhood home and then 'calling' the ensuing races as the sticks floated off.

In his memoirs John nominated Kingston Town, Octagonal and Super Impose amongst the best he had seen during his long career.

Although retiring from race calling in 1998 John still maintains an involvement through Sky Channel and his program "John Tapp's Inside Racing".

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1996 "for service to horse sports as a national and international racecaller, and to charitable organisations as an organiser and compere of fundraising events".

John Tapp

Other speakers you might like:

John O'Neill

Former CEO Australian Rugby Union, Former CEO Socceroos, State Bank of NSW. John O'Neill has created success running three major organisations in banking and in international sports where mass entertainment and broad community participation are essential features. He speaks with authority on the common elements exemplified in the experience across banking and sport - in doing so imparting imp ...

Tiffiny Hall

Tiffiny Hall is a radiant role model. Writer, Taekwondo champion and TV presenter, Tiffiny has many titles tucked under her Fifth Dan Black Belt including her full time job as a trainer on Network Ten's 'The Biggest Loser': Families. Tiffiny is one of the most in-demand speakers on the school circuit, running programs such as 'VCE black belt', 'Eat your way to straight As', 'Health is beautiful' ...

Narelle Hooper

Narelle Hooper is one of Australia's most respected journalists and communicators, with a deep understanding of what really makes our leaders, companies and the economy tick. A former editor of the Australian Financial Review's highly regarded BOSS Magazine, she is a member of the Walkley Foundation advisory board and the board of the Documentary Australia Foundation. Narelle has interviewed Aus ...

Simon Bryant

Simon Bryant is a face well known to regional and urban Australia as he and South Australian food icon Maggie Beer are beamed into thousands of lounge rooms and kitchens via the ABC program The Cook & the Chef. The show aired more than 150 episodes over four years, attracting more than 600,000 viewers nationally each week. Originally a motor mechanic by trade, Simon returned to study and while ...

Darren Palmer

A designer, writer and speaker, and known for his stylish and classic interior designs, Darren Palmer is an established and well-regarded member of the design community. Darren has a range of experience, having studied fine art and originally starting his career in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his interior des ...

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education

Helpful, quick response time, flexible and full of alternative suggestions.

Capital Events

We hold a number of functions every year and are always in need of entertainment and MCs. I must say it has been a pleasure working with Ovations thus far as they have been a tremendous help, always offering a number of alternatives at a great rate. I look forward to working with them again soon in the future.

Australian Hotels Association

The Consultants at Ovations were both efficient and helpful in our experience and I would have no hesitation recommending the company to anyone looking to source and book appropriate entertainment. Thanks again!

She Public Relations

From the telephone inquiry, through to an in-depth meeting with Leanne, every attempt was made to ensure that our brief was well understood and that the trainer presenters would be the most effective people to assist us in meeting our objectives.

Creative Sales
Back to Top