‘Bastards, bitches and bloody good people……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts the colourful, trail-blazing and highly successful career of Wangaratta’s legendary female jockey and trainer Gabrielle Marchant.

Almanac Elections: The polling booth near the cricket ground

Elections are front and centre which reminds us of this yarn from Roger Lowrey, first published around election time 2019:

Dog legs, racing, cold beer and fraternising with the enemy were all part of Roger Lowrey’s stint while handing out how to vote cards during the SA State Elections in 1985.

The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Soiree Trifecta and Sweep (assigned horses and results)

Following an afternoon of discussion and debate, here’s the Almanac trifecta for the 2020 Melbourne Cup. And the draw for the four Cup sweeps. Results now notified.

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 Horseracing: Melbourne Cup – Sal’s Preview: Are we in for a big surprise? Yeah Baby yeah!

We’ve jumped from Grand Finals into the Melbourne Cup via Derby Day in record time. Sal Ciardulli’s been up for the challenge of 2020 since the get go, he gives his previews for the final time in an extraordinary year.

Almanac Horseracing: Melbourne Cup lead-up races in one place

Here’s the form you need to sort out the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The seven important races – gathered from YouTube

Almanac Horseracing: Sal’s preview – Derby Day: Christmas for punters, you just can’t be there

Derby Day has Sal excited, even if he can’t get to Flemington for a big program. Regardless, he has all the inside information for you.

Almanac Horseracing: The Almanac Cox Plate Sweep (results)

Here’s the results of our Cox Plate sweep.

Grand Final – Sal’s preview: What’s on the Plate this year?

Sal provides an in-depth preview of the Grand Final and runs his eye over the form at the track for both Friday night and Saturday. He seems to have covered the odds all-round.

Finals Week 3 – Sal’s Preview: It’s the people’s round!

Sal Ciardulli presents his authoritative thoughts and tips for the Preliminary Finals, and also looks at Caulfield Cup Day and Everest Day.

Finals Week 2 – Sal’s Preview: Bombs Away plus racing tips

Week 2 of the AFL Finals series and the Caulfield races are both previewed by Sal Ciardulli.

Almanac Horse-racing (Plunges): We’ve got a good one

Trainer Shane Fliedner set Tollesprit for a debut sting at Seymour. The Muse was in the thick and thin of it.

Almanac Horseracing (Plunges): Like stealing wheat from blind chooks

The Muse and crew were in the know one afternoon when Spencer Hotel found itself back in the 1950s.

Almanac Horseracing: The Story of The Cup Eve Fundraiser for the Fred Hollows Foundation

A colourful anecdote from David Triolo on a Melbourne Cup event and controversy involving a former Collingwood star.

Almanac Horseracing: Revisiting Murtoa Cup Day 2008 – Danga’s got the gout

It’s Murtoa Cup day to start the Spring Carnival. And John Harms re-visits he party that was Methodical Boy’s cup in 2008. [This is a version of a story first published in The Age. – Ed]

Finals Week 1 – Sal’s Preview: Taking it up a notch

It’s a big weekend on the footy field and at the racetrack. Sal has been busy working out the odds for you and presents his selections.

Almanac Discourse and Horseracing: The Fuhrer furore – a thoroughbred race war?

Noel Brown, while doing some casual punting, spots a racehorse called Fuhrer, which prompts him to consider contemporary understandings of language. [Interesting piece – Ed.]

Almanac (Horseracing) History: The greatest sporting contest ever

Great sporting contests have long centred on Queensland. This is an amazing story of a crazy horse race over 150 years ago in the Ipswich district.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s preview and tips for Moonee Valley and Caulfield

Sal Ciardulli presents his preview and tips for this weekend’s racing at Moonee Valley and Caulfield.