“He was very thorough and loved training winners, he was a good horseman,” Fitchett said.
“We travelled horses together out west and into Townsville. He was a good friend and a good mate. He was also a good family man, a family-oriented man.
“He would do anything to help anyone. He was a larrikin as well – don’t get me wrong – and was that way after a few drinks.”
The Wiles stable last started a galloper in a race in late 2018, which was a winner on his home track of Julia Creek with Ollie Runs Riot getting the prize.
Wiles was also involved in the rodeo circuit, was a farrier for his own horses and would often break in a galloper, as well.
He spent time living in Normanton and in NSW for a period of time in his early years before settling in Julia Creek.
As he was a regular in the caller's box at tracks such as Richmond, Maxwelton, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Hughenden and everywhere in between, Wiles became a popular figure within the racing game.
He often called races in which one of his own gallopers was competing.
In a different era of calling races, Wiles had his own larrikin style according to Mount Isa-based thoroughbred owner and former caller Andrew Saunders.