Talking trots and Trotsky and the distribution of dog tracks

Crankypete needs your help. It’s to do with the spatial distribution of trotting tracks in south eastern Australia…

January 1933 – The Empire Strikes Back

Sit back and make yourself comfortable. Peter Warrington has an idea to share. And he’s made a magnificent start, with an account of the cultural and sporting events of January 1933 as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald [A mighty effort – Ed].

Almanac Racing – Weiry and Michelle’s celebratory tour heads to the Forest.

Their banner meeting has come just at the right time – Ballarat gets to pay homage to Cup champs Weiry and Michelle and punters will be loading up on them all day. It’s the local highlight on a weekend of many options, including Group One glory in Perth. Tips please!

Almanac Racing – we’re still here…

Sandown or Dunkeld or Yea…that’s just the choices here from Melbourne.
Racing rolls on and the options are terrific. Tips please!

49 questions on a Tuesday – part 3

What is an expert? Why do we do what we do? A few questions to ponder from E.regnans.

Almanac Racing – Stakes Day Get Out

Crio lets us in on his golden rule for Stakes Day – eliminate the ones that can’t win and the rest is easy.

Final Day preview – Ahhhh! The Carnival is Over

Sal’s word on Stakes Day. Get it while it’s hot.

Get Stuffed

Kaisha Thompson has a new icon, Michelle Payne. Looks like she also as a bit of pocket money as a result. Yikes!

Melbourne Cup Day 2015: Corowa style.

Any day when you leave the track with more money than when you arrived, is a good day. Glen had a good day at Corowa.

Horses for Courses: Your Form Guide to the Asian Century

Tim Harcourt can bring any topics together dexterously. Here it’s the Melbourne Cup and the Asian region. A bit of horse-racing, a bit of business, a bit of trade. [But who wins the race, Tom? – JTH]

The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch Trifecta

Always hard to keep everyone happy, but here is the consensus (a term used very loosely). Hopefully we make some money for the charity of Burkie’s choice.

The People’s Mug

The Melbourne Cup is the people’s race. Tony Robb reminds us why.

Almanac Racing: Your Melbourne Cup selections for The Almanac Lunch Trifecta

Give us your first, second and third in the Melbourne Cup and we’ll add your view to the tally for the Almanac lunch trifecta.

Lunch is tomorrow (Monday Nov 2) 1230 for 100 at The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne. $60 (Guests include Greg Carpenter and Trip To Paris connection Andy Gemmell)

Crio’s Question?….first memories

What else could it be this week but The Cup? Remember your first?

Battles with Bart

Everyday people, especially punters, ‘knew’ Bart, interacted with Bart, and were ‘Barted’ from time to time. P. Flynn with some thoughts on the character of the opponent and the nature of the battle.

The Melbourne Cup

On Cup Eve 2015, we revisit Pam Sherpa’s first and only Melbourne Cup

Almanac Racing – the Derby on the Marby

They’ll bore you with the “a day for the purists” drivel, but Derby Day’s a beauty if you can just focus on the races. And, of course, winning (responsibly) on the punt. Tips please!

Almanac Racing – Its Derby Day! – Winx in the Pink!

Sal Ciardulli makes his tips for Derby Day. He also tips the bucket on the AFL and specialist wielders of the willow in general

Almanac Racing: Charging past the school (of hard knocks)

Even by his own miserable standards, Crio’s in a rut. Bad timing with the big racedays upon us! To make matters worse, the Cox Plate’s not been kind – Naturalism, Filante…
But the good news is he’s seen the error of his ways and is seeking help. From Almanackers. Tips please!

Almanac Racing – W.S. Cox Plate: Jake’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!

Sal Ciardulli previews Friday night and Saturday at Moonee Valley. He has a comprehensive look at the Cox Plate. [Includes analysis of trade week and a comment on crazy footballer behaviour – Ed]