Crio’s Racing: the double album

Crio points out the pitfalls of the double album. Then he discusses the Friday-Saturday double meeting at The Valley. Lots of races: but how many of them are any good? The Manikato and the Cox Plate certainly are.

Crio’s Question?…time to “bare your molars to the breeze” as this Spring “flattens out for the run to the judge”

Racing has it’s own vernacular for the true aficionado of the turf. Join us in helping the novice to understand the true meaning of “hanging like granny’s tooth”; “gone for a bath” and “on the nod”. Suggestions please.

Avoca Cup 2014

Glen Davis loves a trip to the country races, as much for the colour and characters as for the horses. On Saturday Glen and his good lady ventured to the Avoca Cup, while a more modest affair was being staged at Caulfield.

Crio’s Racing: Caulfield’s Cup runneth over

Racing finishes the week on a high after the tragedies of earlier in the week. Some of the best middle distance horses from around Australia and around the world are assembled for the $3M purse. Crio and the crew (come back Muz – Ed.) are assembled to pick the wheat from the chaff.

Guineas Day….. Again

Art and Words from Kate Birrell – say no more. Kate and her kids adopt a wiser approach to Guineas Day than the ‘other half’.

Trading Places – and the Caulfield Cup Preview

Sal Ciardulli provides an excellent summary of each club’s activity over the Trade Period, and offers his advice for those wading into the Caulfield Cup meeting.

The Almanac Podcast – Episode 21: Danny Power

With the focus still on Spring Racing, venerated racing writer Danny Power joins Harmsy, Matty Q and Stone Cold Steve Baker on the couch to crack open a few bottles of red and share his love of the horse.

Crio’s Question: Nominate your Racing Rendesvous?

It’s horse racing’s time in the spotlight. As the Spring Carnival unfolds, Crio asks about your viewing platform. Will you be watching from the lawns at Flemington; an idyllic rural racing venue; or the pubtab at a special local watering hole? Nominations please.

Crio’s Racing: The Silk Department

Caulfield Guineas day brings out the best horses and the serious form analyst in Chris Riordan. Brother Budge; Oges; Jock; DD; Elvis and Cowshedend (unless he asks to be traded to Best Bets) offer their expertise.

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Episode 20 – Shane Anderson

With footy season done and dusted, the podcasters re-convene on the couch with an eye towards spring racing. This week, they’re joined by RSN radio and Sky Racing’s Shane Anderson

Crio’s Racing: Flemington, Randwick and Longchamp await

The good horses on big tracks on dry surfaces have finally arrived. Crio highlights the Turnbull at Flemington; the Epsom at Randwick; and the world’s richest turf race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris.

Alastair Clarkson: Ghosts of Futures Past

Peter Baulderstone meditates on the nature of success and building sporting dynasties, with an imagined conversation between Alastair Clarkson and thoroughbred visionary Colin Hayes.

Crio’s Racing: The calm before the Carnival

Racing plays second fiddle for the last time this year as the AFL Grand Final takes priority. Crio and Co find good races and winners across the weekend.

Preliminary Final Preview – It’s People’s Round

Our Foreteller of fates, Sal Ciardulli, tips a Silent Achiever on the weekend (Kangaroos omen?) and Happy Trails for the Hawkers on their way to another Grand Final.

Crio: Are you Racing Ready?

Crio reports that the Spring Carnival attractions are already in full view – the drunk dressed as a nun; the mascaraed socialite tottering tipsily on high heels – oh, and lots of good horses. The big races at Caulfield are timed as an intro to the Prelim Final at the MCG. Tips please.

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Episode 17 – Trevor Marmalade, Part Three

It’s semi-final weekend and six teams remain in the race for the 2014 AFL premiership. Start your weekend off with part three of our special extended podcast chats with ‘The Man Behind The Bar’, Trevor Marmalade.

Sal’s Semi-Final Preview – and the foray at Flemington

From Fremantle to Flemington to the ‘G, Sal Ciardulli has the answers to all the weekend contests being played out on green turf.

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Episode 17 – Trevor Marmalade, Part Two

Our extended chat with Trevor Marmalade continues with part two of the podcast… Trev recalls some of the fun working on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and relates a cracking story involving Plucka Duck and the Australian Cricket team.

Sal’s Week 1 Finals Preview – And so it begins

Sal Ciardulli has all bases covered as usual, with a comprehensive preview of the first week of AFL finals. The big races at Money Valley get sorted out, and his Whitefriars are in the Ammos finals. Go Friars!

Crio’s Racing: Feehan Stakes day

Is our resident racing expert Chris Riordan just a “grumpy old man” with a glass half-empty view of the fields on offer at the Valley this Saturday? No matter. He still finds time to give us some handy hints as we gallop into the Spring racing season.