Almanac Horseracing: Sal previews Doncaster day

Sal Ciardulli previews Doncaster day, a huge day of racing in Sydney, and looks at the cards at Caulfield and Morphettville too.

‘Boy from Cheshunt who mastered the punt……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill changes focus to bring us a story from turf racing as he traces the career of Eric Connolly.

John “Patto” Patterson: from Legacy larrikin to living legend

Racing is all about people, and one such person is John “Patto” Patterson, Clerk of the Course at Flemington for over 50 years. Roger Lowrey reviews a recent biography of this legend by Trevor Hastings.

Almanac Weekend Read: All (Dusty) Roads Lead to Landor

Dennis Gedling takes us way out West for the ninety-eighth running of the Landor Cup. It’s a three-day carnival about all that is best in country racing. (Make yourself a cuppa and enjoy this feature – Ed.)

Oakbank races Easter 2020 – Mickey Randall and Kapunda look out!

Roger Lowrey is rapt the iconic Oakbank Easter racing carnival has been revitalised for 2020. A big week is being planned by Roger to take in all the action of the carnival, so look out punters!

Horses get sick, don’t they – the final cough

Matt Watson concludes his enthralling account of the catastrophic equine ‘flu epidemic that devastated the racing industry in Australia in 2007.

Sal’s Final Day Preview – last one for the year

Sal Ciardulli presents his final preview for 2019 with his thoughts and tips on the last day of racing at Flemington for the Spring Carnival.

The Almanac Melbourne Cup 2019 Trifecta (We won!)

We came up with a trifecta at the Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms. And it won!

Almanac Flashback – The Melbourne Cup: Matt Zurbo

In an Almanac Flashback from 2014, Matt Zurbo reflects on the traditions of racing, from about as far away from the glamour of Flemington as you can get.

Happy Cup Day to all! – Sal’s tips for the big race

The Melbourne Cup is just about here! Sal Ciardulli presents his thoughts and tips for the big race, and hopefully a winner or two for punters.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they – Part 7

Read on for Part 7 of Matt Watson’s saga on the 2007 Equine Influenza crisis.

Almanac Lunch: The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

All welcome at the Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch (Nov 4). With VRC Handicapper Greg Carpenter. Help us pick a trifecta. Details in this post. Bookings essential.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 6

Matt Watson continues his compelling account of the outbreak of the Australian equine influenza epidemic and its ramifications in 2007.

Strange Rain

A punting windfall as expressed by Damian Balassone in his poem.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 5

“The industry just didn’t get it.” Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 equine influenza crisis continues. Despite the belated efforts of the authorities, the equine flu rages on.

Cox Plate Weekend Preview – Winx, Winx, is no more!

Moonee Valley this weekend with the WS Cox Stakes the showpiece race. Sal Ciardulli presents his thoughts and selections for punters to consider.

Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Oct 25: Jack the Insider and The Fine Cotton Fiasco

The Footy Almanac Lunch on Oct 25 features ‘Jack the Insider’ who will regale us with the story of The Fine Cotton Fiasco. [Great book. This will be a laugh – JTH]

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 4

Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 outbreak of equine influenza is continued, as the Queensland government struggle to find vaccinations for the vulnerable horses.

Sal’s Preview – The Empires Strike Back: and the Caulfield Cup tops Everest

It’s a big weekend of horse racing and Sal is right on the ball with all his thoughts and tips to help punters pick a winner or two.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 3

The equine influenza has hit home and has created a devastating effect as Matt Watson tells in Part 3 of his history of the 2007 outbreak of the disease.