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’.

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: 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: 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 Flashback – That one day in November: Pamela Sherpa

From her 2010 story Pamela Sherpa tells of her attempts to watch the big race while on a casual relief teaching stint.

Almanac Lunch: The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

All welcome at the Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch (Nov 4). With VRC Handicapper Greg Carpenter. Help us pick a trifecta. Details in this post. Bookings essential.

Racing: Horses get sick, don’t they? – Part 2

Matt Watson continues his series on the 2007 outbreak of the Equine influenza in Australia, and as the disease spreads so does the blame game.

Crossing the line

Paul Spinks takes up the challenge of discussing respectfully and responsibly the issues involved (real, perceived and alleged) in the crowd control controversy. He gives us a range of various perspectives to ponder.

The Cup Day Quaddie

A Cup Day tale from Andrew Fithall that many of us can relate to.

Sal’s updated Melbourne Cup preview including quaddie and tips for other races

Sal Ciardulli’s comprehensive (updated) preview of Cup Day.

Derby Day Preview: It’s Christmas Day for Punters

Derby Day awaits in racing’s biggest week. Sal has you covered.

Almanac Racing – Winx Ready for Barrier Again

Farrisgarrison with the latest on Winx, “no ordinary racehorse”

Almanac Racing: The Melbourne Cup Fast-Approaching

Cup time is around the corner and John Hawthorne provides a run down of what to expect this year.

50 Years On – What Else Happened on This Day?

Grand Final week 1966 was not only a glorious time for St Kilda but as Warwick Nolan points out, other interesting football and sporting events were happening at the same time.

The Darwin Cup Carnival

Before the attention turns to Melbourne in the Spring, horse racing has it’s moment in the sun in Darwin in July. Trevor Leighy takes us there.

Royal Horse Bazaar’s thoroughbred pedigree

With the incredible Melbourne Cup all the buzz, Harold Peacock brings up the equine roots of Brisbane’s economy.

Horses for Courses: Your Form Guide to the Asian Century

Tim Harcourt can bring any topics together dexterously. Here it’s the Melbourne Cup and the Asian region. A bit of horse-racing, a bit of business, a bit of trade. [But who wins the race, Tom? – JTH]

The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch Trifecta

Always hard to keep everyone happy, but here is the consensus (a term used very loosely). Hopefully we make some money for the charity of Burkie’s choice.