Almanac Memoir: Half a century at the Gabba

Murray Bird offers a panoramic memoir of Gabba days of yore. [Reckon 500 is conservative Muz – JTH]

Crio’s Racing: Queensland and New South Wales

Crio can handle a wet track… but the NSW floods are a challenge for any punter. Here’s the latest tips for this weekend’s races, from Melbourne, up to Queensland, through Alice Springs and down to Morphettville.

The Cokum Gift: a local sporting institution

Well, you learn something every day. Clearly, the Cokum Gift has not had the publicity it deserves. What a classis! A 200+ sprint around a dam, this is no event for the gentle souls of Olympic Park, or even Stawell. [We need a runner from the Almanac stable – Ed]

“I’d be backin’ da Derm’t Weld horse, m’self”

JTH’s association with the great Vintage Crop began in a pub in Dingle in 1993.

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).

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.

Guineas Day at Belmont (North)

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

Where Are The Forces of Good?

The Fremantle Boa Constrictor may well win a premiership with this joyless, clinical suffocation of its prey – but is it worth the price?

How often do the favourites win?

For only the fouth time in the past four years, every backed favourite in the round won.

Mug Punting: Me, Bernie and the Bookie

My friend Bernie was one of those guys who was good at all sports. All sports were effortless endeavours to him. He was a star cricketer, footballer, runner, swimmer, golfer, tennis player, you name it, he could play it. Nay, he could excel at it. He even had interesting theories on sport. He always said [Read more]

Crio’s Q: Any tips?

I’m making a distinction here between tipping comps and the punt. Mostly, a tipping poll is for bragging rights but the punt is for profit. I know there is a crossover but they aren’t the same thing, though no doubt the difference is often blurred. Soccer Pools, for example, the game that made Sangster billions, [Read more]

A 100%, guaranteed, fool proof system!

AFL PUNTERS, I HAVE IT!: A 100%, GUARANTEED, FOOL PROOF SYSTEM!!!!! by Peter Zitterschlager Friends, it’s taken me all of my many years to crack it, but I finally have. It’s been an despairing journey into the abyss, a trek to the edge of madness, but at long last I’ve broken through. At long last [Read more]

Corowa Cup 2012

  by Glen Davis Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny , a good start to the Labour Day weekend. Maryanne and I headed up the Hume to Corowa, in expectation of a good day at the Cup. Our last day at Corowa races on Saturday January 28 was good all round, with me in particular [Read more]

Black Caviar lights up the Valley

  by Chris Riordan It’s a huge weekend of racing with the Australia Day holiday on Thursday and a bumper provincial calendar for Saturday but the truth is that the only story is Friday Night at The Valley…..Black Caviar. Moody’s mighty mare steps out again in the Gr1 Australia Stakes (1200m) and suddenly we’ve got [Read more]

Crio drops his guard

Tomorrow’s $1m. Gr1 Sprint (MR5, 1200m, WFA) has been hyped for months and whilst it has not attracted the International challengers initially mooted the presence of Black Caviar will ensure a record Final Day crowd flocks to a sun-drenched Flemington. This should add some zest to the Carnival. I hope so. Since Derby Day I’ve [Read more]

Crio’s pre-Derby Day deliberations

  by Chris Riordan It’s Tuesday night. Incredibly, this time next week the Melbourne Cup will have been decided and I’ll have my feet up on the couch during what is half time of the Flemington Carnival. There are so many great stories waiting to unfold and I’m looking forward to being a part of [Read more]

Geelong Cup Almanacker Selections

  The titular heads of tipsterdom are back to solve the Geelong Cup (Gup according to some) equation.   Good punting.   Smokie’s Smokies   1. Dunaden 2. Bauer 3. Perfect Pecs   Smokie says the French stayer (Dunaden) has some decent form behind it. He highly rates Luca Cumani as a trainer, but probably [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]

Into the Valley of Death……………………….

  by Damian O’Donnell The good people at Down Syndrome Victoria must be Geelong supporters; they organized their annual fund raising day at the Moonee Valley races on the same weekend that the Cats have a bye, meaning of course I can attend Moonee Valley without having my ear to a radio all afternoon. It [Read more]

Going broke getting rich

  by Peter Edwards I’ve always been a bit entrepreneurial; always been open to the thought of a quick and easy buck; always been curious about the Bransons, Packers, and Murdochs of this world. I’ve attended many a seminar; read many a book; talked to many a mentor. But without the genius of Gates, the [Read more]