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.

Almanac Horseracing: A boy, his mare and The Cup

Looking forward to the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival, Nicole Kelly gives an intriguing insight into the life of Peter St. Alban’s (a terrific story – Ed).

Round 17 – Sal’s Preview: Kreuzing home

Sal is back with his insights into this weekend’s AFL Round 17 as well as the card at Flemington.

Almanac Horseracing (Yarns): The Sport of Kings and Paupers

Having stumbled home from the 2018 Caulfield Cup, the fertile mind of The Muse (Hayden Kelly) turns to the characters of his youth up the bush. [There’s a bit of Garrison Keillor about this – JTH]

Round 13 – Sal’s Preview: Tell ’em they’re Dreaming

Sal Ciardulli presents his previews and tips for all the Sir Doug Nicholls Round games. Sal also casts his eye over the Moonee Valley races for a winner or two.

Almanac Horseracing: Paul Kenny (a colourful interview)

Paul Kenny is a trainer/breeder in England.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Today (Sunday) they race at Coleraine so we’ve reprised Roger Lowrey’s fine historical piece.

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.

Round 12 – Sal’s Preview: Kicking the Can, and Caulfield tips

Need a tip for the footy and races this weekend? Sal Ciardulli previews Round 12 games, and the races at Caulfield with all his tips.

Round 8 – Sal’s remaining Preview: The Frenzy Continues

Sal Ciardulli completes his preview of the Round 8 AFL matches, plus his tips for Caulfield this weekend.

The Muse: Musing on The Cup of 2019

Three O’Briens trained one third of the field for the 2019 Melbourne Cup and it was the Irish Australian from Ky who saddled up the winner. The Muse muses on Danny Boy and Vow and Declare. [Animated piece for someone who didn’t back the winner – JTH]

Almanac Memoir: Ouyen Harness Races, 1973

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

Sal’s Round 6 Preview – Footy in a strange land but Caulfield back to normal

Sal’s got the inside information as always, particularly important when AFL matches are played in unusual places. Tips for Caulfield, too.

Sal’s Round 5 Preview – The Road Past Gundagai

Sal and his bride are on the road, just like a lot of footy teams these days. But he still has time to take in the sights, and the sites, to find the winners for the faithful.

Sal salutes John Kennedy Snr, questions coronavirus logic, and runs his eye over the form guide at Caulfield

Sal honours John Kennedy Snr, one of the code’s true giants, then wonders if narky interstate politics might play a part in the AFL season’s progression. There are a few tips for the track, too.

Sal is around the grounds for the AFL’s Round 3 and on the track at Flemington!

Sal gives us the form for Round 3 of the AFL as well as the meeting at Flemington. Find a winner or three right here!

Sal’s back with AFL Round 2 and his picks for the feature races

Sal is back with his unique insights into the footy and the horses. Always something here for the discerning reader!

Petrel Hotel reopens, so we’re ‘on the beers’!

The three funsters have been out for lunch at the re-opened Petrel Hotel in Geelong West, easing back into post-COVID life, and all the better for the pleasure of a ‘cold pub beer from well-maintained lines’.