Almanac Racing – you believe in Santa? must believe we can stab a winner!

Experience tells me that this is a “low-traffic” time of the year on our site so, despite it being one of the busiest racing weeks of the year, I’ll keep it brief.

It has been another tumultuous week with the cobalt cases reaching another stage – it is ongoing so we’ll draw no conclusions other than that, for the moment, there are no winners at all with trainers, stewards and vets all tarnished.

Probably the best outcome from last weekend was Tom Sadler surviving virtually unharmed from the awful fall at the Valley. Well done also to Jason Richardson who, seeing the potential consequences, shut down any post-race histrionics…very professional.

There are meetings everywhere on Boxing Day and they used to be very popular. It’s a litmus test. I’m heading down to Geelong on Saturday, Mornington on Sunday and either Yarra Glen or the cricket on Monday.

As usual I’m happy to have a flutter if anyone can lead me in the right direction.

Meanwhile, take advantage of the racing free day tomorrow to set some traps for the weekend – in younger days it was a Xmas Day tradition to dissect the following day’s possibilities.

I’ve not outgrown the convention.

Good punting and good luck.


  1. Merry Christmas to all the racing contributors. Here’s Tommy Berry and the Nisbets.

  2. citrus bob utber says

    Not a punter Crio but Santa’s little helper whispered in my ear in bed this morning – Caulfield Race 8 Taddei Tondo.
    Get your Christmas spending back in one easy go.

  3. Filling up on Lord Aspen again in the time honoured Xmas handicap in Adel
    My favourite memory of boxing day is backing Ben’s Rocket in the xmas handicap at Sandown 1995 when i was very young – S King aboard @16/1

  4. Good drenching is going to soften up the tracks – we’re currently a 6 and sinking at Geelong

  5. and I omitted to mention that the Lord Stakes is back at its righful venue – Happy Christmas Elvis!

  6. Off to Corowa on Monday for a seven race TAB meeting. Hopefully my run of Barry Crockers has drawn to a close and some winners beckon.

    Frohe Festtagen Almanackers !


  7. Brave journey will be hard to beat in the 5th and Essay Raider I the 8th at morphettville will improve significantly today otherwise I think it is a tough day but hope we call all finish the year on a winning note

  8. Andrew Walker says

    Glen, our mare Bel Dancer runs at Corowa on Monday, R3 H2. Race looks suitable. Wide all the way at Wangaratta last start. Has drawn okay in 4. Sorry I won’t be there otherwise would have liked to catch up. Will be watching, probably in Mornington. Hope you find lots of winners.

  9. Ta Andrew, i’ll have a bo peep at Bel Dancer. I know the name but can’t say I have invested on her. Monday should be the day. Happy Punting Andrew,


  10. Great result Andrew. Wish I’d had a piece of it. Always a fantastic thrill to be part of a winner. Hope you cashed in and enjoyed the buzz.

  11. Andrew i took Bell Dancer. It was my first collect for the day, as well as my sole winner.

    God day on track in Corowa. There were some standouts. Nick Heywood had full book of rides, which saw him get treble, with two placings also. Two of those wins were on horses trained by his father/ The combination of trainer Chris davis, with experienced hoop Brad Vale saluted twice.

    You can’t have winners without someone(s) having a bad day. This was not a great day for the Sweeney family. Dad Phil brought a team of four runners; none were placed. The two daughters Brooke and Sally had seven rides between them and like their dad not once were they in the placings. Hope 2016 brings better luck.

    Happy Punting


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