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Titus O’Reily presents A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Titus O’Reily presents A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Ahead of the spring racing carnival Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, looks back on some of horseracing's most elaborate and/or idiotic scams.

What the wait staff see at the Spring Racing Carnival

What the wait staff see at the Spring Racing Carnival

Crikey intern Anthea Batsakis worked as a waitress in a high-end marquee at last year's Cup Carnival. And the glamorous sheen wears off pretty quickly.

The Cup carnival strikes up the brand

The Cup carnival strikes up the brand

Swathes of foreign visitors and corporations inject consumer dollars and marketing investment into the spring racing carnival, proving just what can be achieved when taxpayers aren’t picking up the tab.

Why wear the fox hat at the Oaks, I asked?

Why wear the fox hat at the Oaks, I asked?

When Bart’s filly swooped down that long Flemington straight to claim the Group One fillies’ prize, no wonder the Oaks Day crowd stood and cheered, writes TP Maher: They’d taken the poisonous short odds quoted by those legalised vampires in the betting ring and they were happy.

PHOTO GALLERY: The drunks, the bogans and the freaks of the Melbourne Cup

PHOTO GALLERY: The drunks, the bogans and the freaks of the Melbourne Cup

It's the inevitable photo gallery after every Melbourne Cup, rubbish everywhere, passed out sunburnt men and drunken girls being carried by friends. Australians are a classy lot.

The Melbourne Cup: just a drunken school formal for grown ups

The Melbourne Cup: just a drunken school formal for grown ups

Bob Dumpling lets loose on the Melbourne Cup and the mess that happens on the other side of the track. No horses involved, just drunk D grade celebrities and fake charities funding the TAB. Time to grow up Australia.

The powerful myth of the Melbourne Cup

The powerful myth of the Melbourne Cup

Yep, get all the clichés out, today is the race that stops a nation, the sport of kings. But the Melbourne Cup is also a strong example of the distinct Australian social classes, from the supermodels in the birdcage to the country horse lovers.

My tips for tomorrow: don’t drink and don’t bet

My tips for tomorrow: don’t drink and don’t bet

Getting ready for tomorrow's Melbourne Cup? Then don't follow TP Maher's example, as he reflects on the drinking, gambling and also the horses from Saturday's Derby Day.

Horse and jockey with T.P. Maher: thanks for the Memsie

Horse and jockey with T.P. Maher: thanks for the Memsie

On Saturday, Melbourne went head-to-head with Sydney for the start of their respective Spring racing carnivals. Rosehill had all the prize money but Caulfield had all the class.

Derby Day at Flemington: Spring without the Spivs!

Derby Day at Flemington: Spring without the Spivs!

This year, the Birdcage enclosure during Derby Day at Flemington will be devoid of some of the noxious species of racegoers known as the “wanker banker”, writes Mark Carmody.