Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Reginald Bell (1899-1913) – Promising child jockey

Reginald Bell (1899-1913) was a promising junior jockey until a race fall unfortunately took his life. He is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

‘A life-long affair with racing…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recently caught up with Pat Heffernan, a prominent identity in Wangaratta sporting circles. And he was a dab hand at car sales too!

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Stakes Day Preview: It’s 3/4 Time – need a big finish!

It has been a brutal Spring Carnival for punters according to Sal Ciardulli but his tips for the weekend may remedy this. [Thanks Sal for all your previews throughout the year – they are always eagerly awaited for and read. – ED]

Almanac Horseracing: The 2023 Melbourne Cup revisited (by a once a year non-punter)

The Melbourne Cup means different things to different people. Here’s the view from a once-a-year horseracing viewer who also happens to be a total non-punter. (Didn’t even go in a sweep this year.)

Almanac Melbourne Cup: The time-honoured trifecta think-tank and other absurdities

Last night’s think-tank has generated this report, with these selections.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Melbourne Cup: Will Irish Eyes Be Smiling?

It’s the race that stops a nation, and for many, it’s also the chance to have a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. To help punters pick a winner, Sal Ciardulli has cast his eye over the field and made his selections for the biggest race of the year.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – Vivienne McCredie

To put you in the mood for the big race today, have a read of Vivienne McCredie’s terrific poem about the Melbourne Cup, ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.

Almanac Music: ‘The Melbourne Cup’ – Slim Dusty

Aussie music legend Slim Dusty sings his song, ‘The Melbourne Cup’.

Almanac Melbourne Cup Think-tank: The time-honoured Almanac trifecta

The Melbourne Cup Eve get-together (via Microsoft Teams) is on again from 7.30pm Vic time tonight (Monday). All welcome. Deatils are in this post.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Derby Day, Not Quite Christmas for Punters

Sal is back to provide us with a comprehensive preview of the Derby Day card.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Cox Plate Preview: When the Whip Comes Down

A couple of big days at Moonee Valley this weekend with the Moonee Valley Cup and the Cox Plate sure to whet the appetites of punters and fans. Sal Ciardulli cast his eyes over the card and made his tips for the big races.

‘The bread and butter jockey…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill catches up with Robbie Beattie, Victoria’s oldest active professional jockey. And what a story, as only KB can tell it!

Almanac Lunch: Cox Plate Eve with Con Marasco (Oct 27)

You are invited to lunch with legendary racing identity Con Marasco of ‘Punter to Punter’ fame. Join us at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday, October 27.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Caulfield Cup: Going for gold!

With one of the big programs of the Spring Carnival this weekend, Sal Ciardulli casts his eye over the Caulfield Cup program and picks a winner or two for punters.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Caulfield Guineas Preview: Step into Steparty? Yes or No

Big weekend of racing as Sal Ciardulli places his tips for the Caulfield Guineas meeting and The Everest in Randwick.

Grand Final 2023 – Review / Sal’s Preview: Turnbull Stakes – Let the Spring Begin

With the Grand Final done and dusted Sal Ciardulli adds some thoughts about the game, then checks the field out to tip some winners for the Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington this weekend.

Finals Week 3 – Sal’s Preview: Vale the Captain and the Cowboy

Sal Ciardulli pays his respects to Ron Barassi and Kevin Neale, makes his preliminary final predictions, and checks out the form for this weekend’s races.

Finals Week 2 – Sal’s Preview: The Maynard Attraction

It has been a controversial week in footy as Sal Ciardulli points out. Sal previews the Finals Week 2 of matches and casts his eye over the form for the weekend racing.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Let the Group 1s begin

Sal Ciardulli has cast his eye over the beginning of the Group 1 racing season at Caulfield to tip a few winners for punters.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

The Great Western Steeplechase will be run in Coleraine tomorrow (Sunday). It’s timely to reprise Roger Lowrey’s piece from 2019…

Following in the footsteps of Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, Roger Lowrey has been to the Coleraine races where the longest continuous race (that is, the one that has been stage annually for the longest sequence) in the Southern Hemisphere occurs.