Almanac Horseracing: Melbourne Cup – Sal’s Preview: Are we in for a big surprise? Yeah Baby yeah!

We’ve jumped from Grand Finals into the Melbourne Cup via Derby Day in record time. Sal Ciardulli’s been up for the challenge of 2020 since the get go, he gives his previews for the final time in an extraordinary year.

Almanac Horseracing: Melbourne Cup lead-up races in one place

Here’s the form you need to sort out the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The seven important races – gathered from YouTube

Almanac Horseracing: Sal’s preview – Derby Day: Christmas for punters, you just can’t be there

Derby Day has Sal excited, even if he can’t get to Flemington for a big program. Regardless, he has all the inside information for you.

Almanac Horseracing: The Almanac Cox Plate Sweep (results)

Here’s the results of our Cox Plate sweep.

Grand Final – Sal’s preview: What’s on the Plate this year?

Sal provides an in-depth preview of the Grand Final and runs his eye over the form at the track for both Friday night and Saturday. He seems to have covered the odds all-round.

Finals Week 3 – Sal’s Preview: It’s the people’s round!

Sal Ciardulli presents his authoritative thoughts and tips for the Preliminary Finals, and also looks at Caulfield Cup Day and Everest Day.

Finals Week 2 – Sal’s Preview: Bombs Away plus racing tips

Week 2 of the AFL Finals series and the Caulfield races are both previewed by Sal Ciardulli.

Almanac Horse-racing (Plunges): We’ve got a good one

Trainer Shane Fliedner set Tollesprit for a debut sting at Seymour. The Muse was in the thick and thin of it.

Almanac Horseracing (Plunges): Like stealing wheat from blind chooks

The Muse and crew were in the know one afternoon when Spencer Hotel found itself back in the 1950s.

Almanac Horseracing: The Story of The Cup Eve Fundraiser for the Fred Hollows Foundation

A colourful anecdote from David Triolo on a Melbourne Cup event and controversy involving a former Collingwood star.

Almanac Horseracing: Revisiting Murtoa Cup Day 2008 – Danga’s got the gout

It’s Murtoa Cup day to start the Spring Carnival. And John Harms re-visits he party that was Methodical Boy’s cup in 2008. [This is a version of a story first published in The Age. – Ed]

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.