Plenty of horses and beer at Casterton but where are the kelpies?

Roger Lowrey heads to the home of the kelpie, Casterton, by the Glenelg River where the famous jumps course features fences which are actually alive and growing. He meets locals and visitors all united in the love of a punt and an ale on Cup day.

The polling booth near the cricket ground

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.

Dan McCarthy – Inspired by the racing game by KB Hill

KB Hill talks to Dan McCarthy, who was schooled in the football cradle of Assumption College, but really made his name as a successful horse trainer.

Almanac Racing – Warrnambool Carnival: Pilgrims’ Progress

We love re-visiting this yarn at Bool time…

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

Almanac Horseracing – “The ‘Bool: The History of Racing in Warrnambool – from 1848” a book by by Mark McNamara

The Warrnambool carnival has just concluded. It’s long and rich history of horseracing has inspired a book from Mark McNamara, with content spanning from the origins of racing in the region in 1848 up until the present day. (published in May, 2018)

Almanac Horseracing – Oakbank: Best picnic racing carnival on the planet

Roger Lowrey is a fan of the world’s greatest picnic racing carnival – Oakbank! This year he is there for Saturday’s card. These are his observations.

When too much football is barely enough

Mickey Randall really packed it in to his Saturday arvo, making time for three games of footy (and a horse race or two) in a classic case of “Too much sport being barely enough”.

Round 4 – Previewish (again): A bit of Four Play

Tipsters, Sal’s preview of everything footy and horseracing for your consideration this weekend.

AFL Round 3: Sal’s Previewish! – Beaten by Thursday Night Footy!

Thursday night footy can catch out even the best. Here’s Sal’s preview-ish of Round 3. Plus Friar Time, And a look at the big weekend at Royal Randwick.

Sal’s Round 2 Preview – 666 the Devil’s number?

Sal provides us with his insights to this weekend’s Round 2 of the AFL plus his take on all the big races at Rosehill.

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.