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Turf Deli provides detailed form guides as well as light hearted articles of questionable sanity.

There are no claims of easy money, get rich quick schemes or selective memory when it comes to results.

What is provided is argumentative, critical and of course, extremely opinionated form analysis for the serious form students, broken up with witty banter galore for the casual Spring Carnival Punter.

Turf Deli commenced in 1999 and runs a spring campaign every year commencing mid August.

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Spring Campaign 2010.

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Spring Campaign 2016 is going to be a cut down version with no newsletter mailout and tips on Facebook or scroll down.


Turf Deli is proud to be associated with 150 years of losing Caulfield Cup - Melbourne Cup doubles.


#1 1930 - PHARLAP

PHARLAP wins the Melbourne Cup and becomes a national icon.

Unfortunately this was one of the last times that his hide, skeleton and heart were all in the one location, which dramatically cut short his racing career


MAKYBE DIVA - Three times Melbourne Cup winner, two times Australian Horse of the Year and Australia Racing Hall of Fame inductee says :

Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.


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Come Spring time these cute little cuddly fellas are always so popular.

Everyone wants one or wants to look like one at the fancy dress Melbourne Cup BBQ.

Remember a jockey is not just for Spring Carnival.

At the end of every Cup Week unloved jockeys are often just left abandoned on the steps of the local TAB.

So think about adopting a jockey. They are available in a wide range of silks / colour schemes so they can make a great garden feature.

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This week's form guide:

Cox Plate 22/10/2016

Caulfield Cup 15/10/2016

Check out the nonsense of our recent weekly newsletters:

Sandown Classic 14/11/2015

Stakes Day 07/11/2015

Oaks Day 05/11/2015

Melbourne Cup 03/11/2015

Derby Day 31/10/2015

Cox Plate 24/10/2015

Caulfield Cup 17/10/2015

Blue Sapphire Stakes 14/10/2015

Caulfield Guineas 10/10/2015

Turnbull Stakes 04/10/2015

Rupert Clarke Stakes 26/09/2015

Naturalism Stakes 19/09/2015

Makybe Diva Stakes 12/09/2015

Dato Tan Stakes 05/09/2015

Memsie Stakes 29/08/2015

Moonee Valley 22/08/2015

Lawrence Stakes Day 15/08/2015

Game of Thrones Racing Review

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Recent Form Guides and Tips

Turf Deli Mini Spring Campaign 2016

Every year for the last 15 years we have pumped out a weekly newsletter for around 20 meetings from August to November, with a detailed form guide for the main race, race tips, a suggested betting portfolio, and done our best to misinform the public with the latest racing “news”.

Which is a utterly ridiculous amount of work – but also a lot of fun. This year we are going to cut things down a fair bit, and just run a Mini Turf Deli.

We will still cover all the feature meetings, but we will only be posting tips on Facebook and Twitter , with no newsletters mailed out.

There will be suggested bets and the extremely popular weekly $50 Betting Portfolio, but no detailed main race preview.

Spring 2016 Form Guides:

Cox Plate 22/10/2016

Caulfield Cup 15/10/2016

Blue Sapphire Stakes 12/10/2016

Caulfield Guineas 08/10/2016

Turnbull Stakes 02/10/2016

Moir Stakes 30/09/2016

Rupert Clarke Stakes 24/09/2016

Naturalism Stakes 17/09/2016

Makybe Diva Stakes 10/09/2016

Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes 03/09/2016

Memsie Stakes 27/08/2016

Carlyon Stakes 20/08/2016

Lawrence Stakes 13/08/2016

Black Book - Updated 27/10/2015

Betting Portfolio - Bottom Line 12 weeks - 3 profit - 8 return - 1 wipe out. Net: -$26.75

Cheap Laughs

Keep yourself amused with our usual nonsense in the On The Lawn section or one of our Weekly Newsletters.

Betting Offers

Check out the best bonus betting offers that are available and stretch your punting dollar further.

Moonee Valley Stars on the Big Screen

We delcare an undying love for the old school tote boards.
Those long, big and bulky monoliths, that hold your punting fate in their hands as you nervously wait for a number to flash up in a tight finish. Hang on - is that a 6 or an 8 ? A 4 maybe ?


Kerry Packer's Sandown

Together Sandown and VFL Park formed the pride of 1960's construction, and prime examples of what you could do with an awful lot of concrete and a few pie warmers in empty paddocks in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


Flemington Track Guide

Everything you need to know to survive Cup Week on course.


150 Years of the Melbourne Cup - Part One

Over the next week the airwaves will be inundated with epic, sepia toned, historical flashbacks of the Cup Greats, voiced by over Australianised narrators to coincide with the 150th Melbourne Cup.


150 Years of the Melbourne Cup - Part Two

The Cup changed forever in 1927 with the birth of a bouncy, eye browed baby boy named James Bartholomew Cummings. Disappointingly he failed to even have a Cup runner, yet alone win a Cup in his first year of life


Jockey Adoption Program

Come Spring time these cute little cuddly fellas are always so popular. Everyone wants one or wants to look like one at the fancy dress Melbourne Cup BBQ. But you need to remember a jockey is not just for Spring Carnival.


Ever Changing Names

This is the race that you will often hear trainers warmly refer to in interviews about their up and coming spring stars as "that Group 1 1400M race - whatever it is called this year".


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