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 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).

Almanac Horseracing – Sal’s Preview: Tips for tough times

Sal takes us through another patch of races with his tips. Both Melbourne and South Australian races are featured for advice to place a bet on.

Almanac Horseracing: A May Carnival that’ll be like no other

The May Carnival of horseracing will go ahead in Warrnambool starting on Tuesday May 5, albeit in completely new circumstances. Mark McNamara takes a look back through the history of this event that has endured war, depression and pandemics.

All bets are off

Les Everett has grown up around racing, has seen a lot and had fun along the way. Here he shares with us his thoughts about the industry and why he’s taking a step back from the punt.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 5

“The industry just didn’t get it.” Matt Watson’s series on the 2007 equine influenza crisis continues. Despite the belated efforts of the authorities, the equine flu rages on.

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 Racing: Where to look?

Tom Riordan casts his eye over the classy meetings around Australia this Saturday.

Almanac Racing

At this time of the year it is slim pickings indeed on the racing calendar. So Crio must look further afield, to the “time-honoured” Marble Bar Cup (“the hottest race in Australia’s hottest town”)

Crio’s Racing: Diamonds are Forever

There are a heap of sporting options available this weekend. But Crio argues that with both Caulfield and Warwick Farm hosting Group 1 cards, Saturday’s racing offers plenty of interest to both seasoned and casual punters alike.

Our Caller Jack

P. Flynn’s salute to Jack Styring.

Our Caller Jack gets The Dog home at Donald

Jack Styring gets a mention in Memoirs of a Mug Punter

The Footy Almanac Podcast: Episode 17 – Trevor Marmalade, Part Three

It’s semi-final weekend and six teams remain in the race for the 2014 AFL premiership. Start your weekend off with part three of our special extended podcast chats with ‘The Man Behind The Bar’, Trevor Marmalade.

Crio’s Racing: Feehan Stakes day

Is our resident racing expert Chris Riordan just a “grumpy old man” with a glass half-empty view of the fields on offer at the Valley this Saturday? No matter. He still finds time to give us some handy hints as we gallop into the Spring racing season.

Racing’s Best of the Best

The Winning Post, in conjunction with TVN, have started a competition to name the 50 greatest racehorses in Australia from the last 50 years. Budge wants the views of the Knackery.

Crio’s racing

The John F. Feehan Stakes was always a chance to see how WFA middle distance horses handled the nuances of the Moonee Valley track and thus became a point of reference en route to the W. S. Cox Plate. Historically this timeline also fitted. “Feehan’s Farm”, on which the first race meetings were held in [Read more]


There’s still room for sentiment in our multi-billion dollar “Industry” and sometimes it presents in the most humble of places – like at Pakenham on Tuesday , where the Grandson of Jim Moloney (Vain) rode his first winner and the Grand-daughter of Jim Houlihan achieved her maiden training success. The “new generation” will compete in [Read more]

The Race

The Race.   Black Caviar’s got me thinking.   When I was younger I rode a racehorse bareback in the Snowy Mountains, racing cattle horses through the bush. It felt likes something mighty, graceful. It didn’t gallop, it flew, then landed to fly again. Of course I fell, at speed. Twice. Landed in snow and [Read more]

So called experts

  by Chris Riordan “That bloody David King”, began a typically irate SEN caller, “has no idea. He obviously hates Geelong. He never picked ‘em. He can’t be called an expert.” Who can? Another “King”, Tony “The King” Bourke, had plenty of disciples in his heyday as Chief Racing scribe at The Age. I once, [Read more]