Almanac Road Trip: Plenty of horses and umpires at Swan Hill but no trains

Track maintenance on the Swan Hill line meant part three of Roger Lowrey’s free train trip challenge was taken by road. Roger reports on the Swan Hill Race Carnival, his punting mates, and other attractions undertaken on his trip.

The Great 2022 Free Rail Travel Challenge: Part 2 – Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase

RDL hit the tracks again en route to another of Victoria’s wonderful tracks of a different kind – Warrnambool Racecourse (The Bool).

Almanac Racing: King of the Bool does it again

On a red-letter day for jumps racing, a local hero breaks the record, writes RON REED.

The Great 2022 Free Rail Travel Challenge: Part 1 – the Bairnsdale Cup

Roger Lowrey is always up for a challenge. What is the maximum number of kilometres possible for travel in one year under the Victorian Seniors’ free train travel program? Roger begins his pursuit of an answer with a trip to the Bairnsdale Cup.

Almanac Memoir: Ouyen Harness Races, 1973

They’re racing at Ouyen today (Sunday) so we are reprising Kevin Densley’s memoir of the trots:

The smell of burning mallee roots is a fond memory for Kevin Densley of the Ouyen Harness Races many years ago.

Round 2 – Sal’s Preview: Freed Willie, Round 2 tips, and Turf Time

Sal Ciardulli presents his thoughts and selections for AFL Round 2, and tips for the racing at Moonee Valley and Rosehill.

Almanac Racing – Warrnambool Carnival: Pilgrims’ Progress

Father Kevin Mogg’s funeral was held last week. We reprise this piece in which he played a leading role:

John Harms leaves home at sunrise for a pilgrimmage to the Bool. He meets quite a few fellow-travellers.

‘Former Hawk makes his mark on Sydney racing scene…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill chats with racehorse trainer Matthew Smith, the Wangaratta footy talent who gave it away to follow his love for the horses.

Almanac Tributes: An interview with Jack Styring

A genuine legend of the Australian turf, the racing gods declared correct weight on the life of renowned racecaller Jack Styring with his passing on February 9th, at the grand age of 92. Recorded back in 2014, Jack graciously opened his home to John Harms and Steve Baker to reflect on his time behind the microphone and the binoculars.

Almanac Teams: Winning Melbourne Cup jockeys and their footy counterparts

Glen!’s fertile mind has him picking a footy team of players who share their surname with a winning Melbourne Cup hoop. [Novel – Ed]

Almanac Horse Racing: Sal’s Preview – An Elleegant Way to Close

Sal Ciardulli presents his final preview for 2021 with his tips for this weekend’s racing at Flemington.

Almanac Horse Racing: Verry good reasons to keep the faith

It wasn’t hard to recognise who might beat the favourite in the Melbourne Cup, says Ron Reed as he counts his money.

Almanac Melbourne Cup: The Almanac Trifectas and Sweep

After much deliberation and a three vote performance from R. D. Lowrey, this is what the Almanac punting fraternity settled on.

Sal’s Preview – Melbourne Cup: What’s the incentive?

Sal bemoans the lack of field depth for the Melbourne Cup this year, but he might just have some insights to incentivise punters.

Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Beers: Three Nation Turf Talk

Join us for Three Nation Turf Talk: the Almanac’s Melbourne Cup Eve drinks and chat to pic The Cup trifecta.

Sal’s Preview – Derby Day: It’s Christmas Day for Punters!

It’s Derby Day on Saturday and Sal is here with all of the insights you’ll need to find more than a couple winners.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s W.S. Cox Plate Day Preview – Who could give a Zaaki?

Sal Ciardulli’s selections for Moonee Valley this weekend are made. He likes Zaaki to take out the WS Cox Plate this year.

Almanac Horse Racing Reminiscence: The W S Cox Plate

With the Cox Plate looming on Saturday, we entered the Almanac vault to revisit a collection of articles which feature this iconic race.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Caulfield Cup Day: A climb to the top

It’s Caulfield Cup Day tomorrow. Sal Ciardulli has studied the form guide and selected his tips for the meeting.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Chance’ by Andrew Rule

Roger Lowrey has loved The Punt since he was a youngster so it’s no surprise he was drawn to Andrew Rule’s latest book, ‘Chance’. Roger, a seasoned Almanacker,offers his review of this book about the shenanigans of some colourful Australian racing identities. And about what people are willing to do to engineer a sting. [Fine review of a great book – JTH]