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]

Almanac Racing: Sal’s preview: Guineas Day Preview – A Hit for Six

Sal Ciardulli checks out the form for the Caulfield Carnival and Royal Randwick this weekend and selects his tips for a winner or two.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – After 57 Years it’s a Melbourne Spring

With Melbourne’s first premiership in the bag after 57 years and the Spring Racing Carnival upon us, Sal Ciardulli casts his eye over the fields at Flemington and Randwick to pick a winner or two for punters.

Almanac Poetry: In Celebration of Great Australian Racehorses

As another Spring blooms, take a second look at this poem from Kevin Densley highlighting the great racehorses in Australian Turf history.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – So we are off to the races!

Sal Ciardulli picks a few winners for punters from the fields racing at Randwick and Caulfield this weekend.

Finals Week 3 – Sal’s Preview: The Penultimate Week Preview – A Knee Jerk Reaction ( and racing tips as well)

Sal has made his selections, Melbourne and Port Adelaide to play off in the Grand Final, and tips for Flemington as well.

Finals Week 1 – Sal’s Preview: No Sympathy for the Blues (and some track tips)

Sal Ciardulli presents his thoughts and tips for the first week of the finals series. He also tips a few winners at Caulfield.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

After Lindsay Smelt’s story yesterday we’ve reprised Roger Lowrey’s fine historical piece. And it’s that time of the year too..

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.

Almanac Horse Racing and Poetry: Sporting concussion and a national poet.

We welcome Lindsay Smelt with his debut piece on brain injuries and Adam Lindsay Gordon. Lindsay is currently writing a book on the famous Australian figure of the nineteenth century.

Almanac Horse Racing: 2008 Cox Plate winner Maldivian dies

True to form, The Footy Almanac pays tribute to 2008 Cox Plate winner Maldivian.

Round 4 – Sal’s Preview: The return of the spearhead and local footy

After a series of ‘bags’ last weekend, Sal thinks that ‘the age of the spearhead’ may have returned to the footy. He also casts his eye over the fields at Randwick.

Round 3 – Sal’s Preview – An optical illusion

Sal Ciardulli offers his thoughts on coach behaviour before moving on to his tips for this week’s AFL and horseracing.

Round 1 – …and Horse Racing: Sal’s Preview – A busy return to action

Sal Ciardulli is back for 2021 with a massive preview of the AFL’s opening round and the weekend racing action.

The Footy Almanac Podcast Episode 22 – Jack Styring

“Would you like to see the new bank Squizzy?” “Why yes, I think I would…” For our last racing podcast this spring, John Harms and Steve Baker sit down with legendary race caller Jack ‘bearing his molars to the breeze’ Styring for a cuppa or two.

Almanac Food and Horseracing: The Bung Fritz Appreciation Society Handicap

Mickey Randall explains the origins of The Bung Fritz Appreciation Society and their involvement in horseracing.

‘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’.