Almanac Horseracing: The 2023 Melbourne Cup revisited (by a once a year non-punter)

The Melbourne Cup means different things to different people. Here’s the view from a once-a-year horseracing viewer who also happens to be a total non-punter. (Didn’t even go in a sweep this year.)

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 Melbourne Cup Think-tank: The time-honoured Almanac trifecta

The Melbourne Cup Eve get-together (via Microsoft Teams) is on again from 7.30pm Vic time tonight (Monday). All welcome. Deatils are in this post.

Almanac (Sporting) Life: Lyndon ‘Beefy’ Andrews – A Lifetime Watching

Lyndon ‘Beefy’ Andrews and his wife Marilyn have attended an abundance of sporting events across Australia and around the world from toad Races to World Cup Finals.

Almanac Poetry: What’s Bart Got?

With the Melbourne Cup fast approaching, Michael Pardy remembers the exploits of legendary trainer Bart Cummings in verse.

Almanac Teams: Winning Melbourne Cup jockeys and their footy counterparts

Glen!’s fertile mind has him picking a footy team of players who share their surname with a winning Melbourne Cup hoop. [Novel – Ed]

Almanac Melbourne Cup: The Almanac Trifectas and Sweep

After much deliberation and a three vote performance from R. D. Lowrey, this is what the Almanac punting fraternity settled on.

Sal’s Preview – Melbourne Cup: What’s the incentive?

Sal bemoans the lack of field depth for the Melbourne Cup this year, but he might just have some insights to incentivise punters.

Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Beers: Three Nation Turf Talk

Join us for Three Nation Turf Talk: the Almanac’s Melbourne Cup Eve drinks and chat to pic The Cup trifecta.

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.