Kentucky Derby Day

Glenn Brownstein gives us the inside oil on the Kentucky Derby straight from the horse’s mouth.

Seven Sleeps to go

Sal Ciardulli is back and he’s got all the bases covered. A quick nod to Boof and the boys; then its off to Flemington to collect your quaddie winnings; all up Sal’s scientific AFL flag prognostications.

The Carnival is Over

Can’t wait for your copy of the new Almanac book – just to get your hands on Kate Birrell’s glorious cover painting? Fear not, Kate has tided us over with her beautifully poetic vision of the needy, the greedy and the seedy on their way home from Flemington.

Group 1 Racing: Stakes day – Coming up Rosy & Grey

David Wilson has a virtual day at a virtual race meeting full of virtual people betting on virtual horses. He won a virtual couple of million on Boban, but you get the feeling that his heart was just not in it.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

Interpol have asked the Footy Almanac for assistance with identifying this man. Recent sightings have been reported at Flemington, Warrnambool, Kardinia Park, Galle (Sri Lanka), Augusta Georgia (USA) , Madison Square Gardens (USA) and the Windsor Castle Hotel in London (UK).

Melbourne Cup Preview – Enjoy the Great Race

Sal Ciardulli found the Hotham/Saab/QuikEze winner at good odds on Saturday. Now he turns his laser vision to Tuesday’s Cup.

The Selkrig Sequence

A classic racing yarn from debutant “Once a Punter”. Remember those days (or weeks, never months) when you had it sussed. You had cracked the code, and winners fell like leaves from an autumn sky. OAP does and he tells it in style.

Cocks Plate

Daryl Sharpen offers a look back at the Big One. And the title is not a typo. This is a must read for the needy, the greedy and anyone with a funny bone.

Sal’s Flemington Formguide

Sal Ciardulli gives Punter a whack, on the way through to helping punters sort out a mammoth Flemington racecard. “The winners are well concealed” (racing cliché #426) but Sal has been doing a lot of digging to find them for you.

Money Value Carnival Preview – And so the end is near!

The Salmeister previews the Cox Plate and other Money Valley mayhem. He reviews the ascension of the Almanac’s own St Ange to the Socceroo’s gig (well he is on ABC Insiders, and so is our glorious leader, so Ange is as good as family).

Evoking Avoca

Our rural racing correspondent Glen Davis journeys to Avoca for Cup Day.

Caulfield Cup Day Preview – Who is that third person in the room!

Sal Ciardulli’s mind is on the Caulfield Cup. But his heart is at Upton Park this weekend, where his lad will be witnessing his Hammers take on Manchester City. Sal’s forever blowing bubbles.

Crio’s Racing…as distinct from racy!

Crio offers sound advice to the racing aficionado. Competitors appeal only for the fillies.

Guineas Day at Belmont (North)

Peter Baulderstone heads for the golf course, but finds that horses are never far away.

Crio’s Racing: Caulfield Guineas Day

As usual Chris Riordan opens the batting for Almanac punters, with a magisterial innings that dispatches a mammoth Group 1 Guineas day card to all parts of the boundary. The usual suspects are being lined up to also offer their tuppence (the residue of Epsom day) worth.

It’s Guineas Day – but we are still trading places!

Sal Ciardulli sorts out the AFL trade week; cricket broadcast rights; decision referral system; and all the big group races at Caulfield and Randwick. If he lands the Melbourne quaddie, Barrack Obama is flying him to Washington DC to sort out the US budget impasse and resolve the Syrian civil war.

Grand Final Preview – Prepare for the Purple Swarm

Take one part Wrap; one part Crio and ten parts of the best wit and wisdom you’ve heard since Tony Soprano died. Mix well and you’ve got all the elements of Sal Ciardulli’s weekend feast of footy and racing. Best consumed with a tasty little Chianti.

Crio’s Racing: The mecca of TV sport awaits

It’s shaping as the best weekend of TV sport in the Riordan household – ever. Crio will also keep an eye on Flemington, especially if the big rains arrive.

The Corowa Cup

A hot Riverina Sunday saw a good turn out for the Corowa Cup.

Crio’s Racing: Black Caviar stretches her legs

Black Caviar will have a gallop at Caulfield this Saturday, after which, Crio expects Prime Minister Gillard to hand pick her for the Senate.