Almanac Horseracing: Our Andy’s Paisley Park wins the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham

Andy Gemmell is a much-loved regular at our Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve lunches. He is one of the world’s great sports enthusiasts (I’m not joking).


He had Paisley Park, the favourite, in the feature, the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle’, at the Cheltenham Festival.


Here’s the race:


Go you good thing!


Check out this preview story from the BBC as well.


Andy, in his natural habitat, talking us through the international form for the Melbourne Cup.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Daryl Schramm says

    Wow. Great story JTH. Also loved the vision and sounds of the crowd and the grandstands on the race video. We visited the town of Cheltenham during a sojourn to England. It had a great feel. Also have attended the home of the Port Adelaide Racing Club at Cheltenham now and again in a previous time.

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