Crio’s Racing: Derby or Darby Day?

Crio’s thoughts on Derby Day, and the thoughts of the other Almanac desperates dotted around this great land. Give us your tips. And a running commentary of your day on the punt.

It’s Only the Beginning – Derby Day Preview

Sal Ciardulli analyses the card at Flemington for Derby Day. There is a winner in every race, and Sal helps you find it.

The Footy Almanac Podcast Episode 22 – Jack Styring

“Would you like to see the new bank Squizzy?” “Why yes, I think I would…” For our last racing podcast this spring, John Harms and Steve Baker sit down with legendary race caller Jack ‘bearing his molars to the breeze’ Styring for a cuppa or two.

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.

The time-honoured Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter and Robbie Griffiths

It’s a cracking afternoon. Down tools and come along. Bring your friends. Book now.

Sal’s Valley View

Sal take his customary look at this week’s racing. Seems he has been around the mark, and his arguments makes sense again.

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.