This week in Winning Post

Cranbourne trainer Tony Rosolini and jockey Darryl Horner junior sprang a surprise last month when Zuhayr (pictured) got up to win the Drechsler Hurdle at Bendigo, swamping the favourite, Fieldmaster, at the final obstacle.

Greater glory awaits at Warrnambool this Sunday, where Zuhayr will tackle the $200,000 Grand National Hurdle on action-packed program also featuring the $100,000 Crisp Steeple.

Can he do it again? Tony Kneebone's preview will kick off this week's Winning Post.

Before then, there's action aplenty on Saturday, particularly at Flemington for finals day. The time-honoured Winter Championship is among a stack of series to be decided at Victorian racing HQ and our full-colour 12-page liftout guide is the one you need to find all the winners.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Geelong and Wagga, plus fields, colours and tips for Gunnedah and Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Gawler in SA, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Grand National day at the Bool and Maclean Cup day at Grafton, plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while Richard Callander has the inside mail from Sydney and Shane Templeton reminisces on page 5. Further back in the book Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport and Tony Kneebone delivers his lively Snippets column.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post July 4 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Geelong synthetic, Wagga Wagga
Flemington, Randwick, Gawler, Doomben, Belmont, Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Warrnambool, Warracknabeal, Grafton, Hobart
Should jumps racing be confi ned to non-metropolitan tracks (apart from Oakbank)?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R3 N1 Orator 3rd
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R8 N8 Tangier Sun 7th
Caulfield Saturday - R9 N3 Self Sense 9th
Letter of the Week

Four blimey

It is to be hoped that the decision makers at Seven West who have promised us a new-look, professional approach to telecasting Victorian racing took time to see the excellent vision provided by Channel Four of Royal Ascot.
Production was first class with great camera placement. I particularly liked the camera right on the finish and the elevated shots, presumedly from a crane.
I was surprised with the quality of the commentators (except the guy who talked fashion), who were well versed with the form and obviously knew the participants well.
The anchor, Clare Balding, the young woman who was stationed at the barrier and the men in the studio who reviewed the race just run were excellent.
Interviewing the winning jockey from the ground on return to scale was much better than trying to do the interview from horseback.
Is it too much to have Seven employ commentators who know racing and can express themselves well? I am not too optimistic that the right people will be engaged.
In relation to the racing at Royal Ascot, I found the riding was very tight with quite severe interference at times.
And it is hard for the plebs to get a look-in with almost all major races going to the Arabs or to the dominant Irish stables.
Trying to get anything of note from Aidan O’Brien is as difficult as ever.
Finally, I consider Craig Williams’s Diamond Jubilee ride on Brazen Beau was as good as you will see and the criticism of him from English journalists was unwarranted.

Geoff Healy
via email
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: