Sal’s Round 1 Preview: Go Blues, Blue and Blue

Sal Ciardulli is an institution here at the Almanac and he’s back for Round 1 with his thoughts on the matches, his anticipated ladder at the end of Round 23, and a look at the Moonee Valley Friday meeting and the Saturday races featuring the Golden Slipper, Winx and some other tough events (made tougher by Sydney’s Autumn weather).

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

Almanac form analyst and red wine connoisseur Andy Gemmell’s horse Paisley Park has won the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Go you good thing! [Watch the race and also read the profile – Ed]

Almanac Horseracing – The Corowa Cup: Country racing, a great day out!

The Corowa Cup proved country racing at its best, as Glen Davis reports, with a fistful of dollars in his hands!

Almanac Saturday Life: Ted’s big day

Ted Bradley is jet-setting and in sparkling touch again.

Almanac Horseracing – A reflection on the current state of racing

Lover of horseracing and a small punt, Damien Morgan is sadden by what is happening in racing at the moment as he laments the state of the racing industry in his report.

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 23: Greg Miles

All welcome at lunch to hear from legendary race caller Greg Miles as he talks about his life in racing. Copies of his book available.

Yea. It’s Cup Day !

Victoria’s keenest country racing enthusiast Glen! was at the Yea Picnics on the weekend – and he has a hrse running at Tatura tomorrow (Tuesday). [What’s the horse Glen? – Ed]

The Bonus Issue – Sal’s Zipping Classic Preview

Sal’s sabbatical usually would have begun last week, Cup week just got in the way so his stakes day sendoff has been pushed to this week, and here it is.

Almanac (Racing) Poetry: Melbourne Cup Blues

The Melbourne Cup can bring on the Blues.

“A Passion for the Sport of Kings….” KB Hill

“And when the horses jump, he’ll imagine for a moment that he’s back in the days of his youth……..perched on the outsider; seeking an opening to push through the tightly-bunched field; just pondering when to make his move……..” Another entertaining sporting tale from KB Hill.

Almanac 2018 Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch Selections: Another losing year.

Unfortunately we missed out again. Close with the trifecta. Miles off with the first 4.

Melbourne Cup Preview: Can the Cummings story continue?

Who to back for the Melbourne Cup? Sal provides an overview and his predictions for the big race.

Almanac Lunch: The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

All welcome at the Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch (Nov 5). Come along to hear Greg Carpenter and then help us pick a trifecta. Details in this post. Bookings essential.

Derby Day Preview – Just a bit Peeved Off

Derby Day Saturday, and once again Sal casts his learned eye over the fields to predict winners for the Almanac punters.

Almanac Horseracing – Cox Plate Weekend Preview: Don’t forget rule Number One

Sal previews and makes his selections for the Cox Plate and other races this weekend.

Almanac Horse Racing – Caulfield Cup Preview: A Youngstar is born

Sal casts his discerning eye over The Caulfield Cup day field and makes his recommendations for punters.

Almanac Racing – Guineas Day Preview: Oh my Goodness

The horse trading is in half swing, the horse racing is in full swing, there’s a new members stand to consider, and through it all, Sal casts his keen eye over all things racing for this weekend.

‘In search of Darby…….’ KB Hill

Another fab yarn from KB Hill, this time about jockey Phillip “Darby” Ketchup.

Turnbull Stakes Preview – The Carnival awaits

After a final say about the 2018 AFL Grand Final, Sal casts his eye towards the Spring Racing season including a preview of The Turnball Stakes.

The Glorious Nineteenth (at Murtoa)

September 19 is the anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa. [JTH will host the marquee at the 2018 Murtoa Cup this Saturday – Ed]