Sister Olive Raceday Recap, Yea, 2014

Glen heads to the Yea picnics which are full of character and helps celebrate Sister Olive’s 1921 Cup win with a nod to a decent old distance race. [Lovely day out – Ed]

Crio’s Racing: The family needs to sort out its differences

Crio is not happy with the internal squabbling of a racing fraternity which cannot afford to be divided.

Crio’s Racing : Flemington and International Week at the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Even an old-fashioned urger like myself struggles to make a case for a serious assault on the punt this Saturday – though, naturally, I’m prepared to be talked around. It’s one of those rare times when racing authorities (probably accidentally) get the public vibe…there’s no interest and the fields justify that outlook (a $40k race [Read more]

Avoca Festive Season Races, 2014

Punters: Racing correspondent Glen reports in with a wrap of Saturday’s six-race card from Avoca in Victoria’s picturesque Pyrenees Ranges.

Crio’s Racing: Miracles do Happen

It is the run-up to Christmas, but Crio is stil talking racing. This week he will be at Woolamai for the “picnics”. And there is also harness racing on, too, if you are so inclined.

Crio’s Racing: Looking for gold

Crio with his look at a diverse weekend of racing around the country.

Yea Picnic Race Meeting , Saturday 15/11/2014

Our country racing correspondent, Glen Davis, had a bumper day out at Yea, with 3 winners saluting from 3 wagers! “Fill the Fridge” seems the best named galloper for punter and drinker alike.

Crio’s Racing: Zipping down the Highway

Crio is off to picturesque Dunkeld this weekend for their cup meeting in the shadow of the Grampians. But he has cast an eye over the Sandown fields for the traditional Zipping Classic benefit for the ‘not quite carnival’ types. Tips please.

Crio’s Racing: George Adams Mile Day

Young Brio took the reins and tipped us into a winner on Cup day. Crio returns to try to outdo his young rival and deliver the good oil on the Stakes.

Just one more – Stakes Day Preview

The carnival is not over for Sal Ciardulli, who analyses the Flemington form to find us a Stakes Day winner or three.

No Winners In Post-Cup Mud-slinging

Steve Baker weighs in (pun intended) on the tragic events at Flemington yesterday following the running of the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

I’d hate to be a nag…

A timely piece from Jeff Dowsing reviewing some of the downsides of the racing industry and its annual Cup Week frenzy.

The Almanac Trifecta and how Shuffler Down won the raffle

A great day had by all at the Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch thanks to Greg Carpenter, Phil Smith, Robbie Griffiths, Andy Gemmell and the Waterside Hotel. Check out our trifecta numbers.

All Saints Day from the Nicholson Street TAB

Rees Quilford shares his day spent among the needy and the greedy at the local TAB. Closer to the real world experience of the average punter than the glossy TV ads or the Flemington lawns.

A Melbourne Cup Preview – before I Sign Off!

Sal Ciardulli offers a comprehensive preview of the Melbourne Cup, with the Oaks and a couple of other big races thrown in for free.

Raiders of the (Lost) Cup

Overseas raiders have flocked to Melbourne for Cup week from all parts – Japan, England, Germany – and even our intrepid Tasmanian racing correspondent Daryl Sharpen. He ventured out to trackwork at Werribee to assess the quality of the raiders, the touts and the egg and bacon rolls.

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.