This week in Winning Post

We've barely had time to catch our breath after the Sydney carnival, and already the Group 1 action is kicking in elsewhere.

This Saturday sees a dual Group 1 card at Morphettville in Adelaide, where the Robert Smerdon-trained Fontein Ruby (pictured) tackles the Schweppes Oaks on the back of an impressive last-start win on VOBIS Gold day at Caulfield.

The other Group 1 is the William Hill Classic (Sangster Stakes) for the female sprinters.

Elsewhere a change is as good as a holiday with unusual Saturday venues in both NSW and Queensland.

Hawkesbury is the main game in NSW, with the Hawkesbury Guineas, Hawkesbury Cup and Darley Crown the highlights.

In Queensland the main venue is Toowoomba, for the Weetwood Handicap and Toowoomba Cup.

In Melbourne the Redoute's Choice Stakes is the feature at Caulfield, while in the west it's opening day at Belmont.

Before the weekend there's plenty of Friday action as always and Winning Post has full form guides for three TAB meetings including the nighttime action at Cranbourne and a massive Wagga Wagga Gold Cup day plus fields, colours and tips for the Mackay and Muswellbrook meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Hawkesbury in NSW, Morphettville in Adelaide, Toowoomba in Queensland and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Seymour (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Ipswich (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 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.

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Inside Winning Post May 2 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Cranbourne (night), Bendigo, Wagga Wagga
Caulfield, Hawkesbury, Morphettville, Toowoomba, Belmont, Seymour (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Ipswich (Qld edition)
Geelong, Swan Hill, Mudgee, Devonport
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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.
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Letter of the Week

Delayed parade

John Tutty (18/4) is correct when he says Racing Victoria is well ahead of most states. By a long way.
Paul Connors (18/4) is certainly correct when he says a person must lose when following a tipster who tips in every race. I was watching Sky (reluctantly) when their main tipster, who is treated like a racing guru, gave tips in Melbourne, Sydney and Ipswich. 24 races!
It’s impossible for one tipster to study the form of around 300 horses for one day’s racing.
As it turns out he picked two winners out of three states’ racing.
He could have done better picking cute names or colours.
That is the problem with Sky Channel. At least with TVN’s Early Mail one tipster in each state would analyse three races and tip accordingly, with amazing success.
Another problem with Sky Channel is that on TVN, the mounting yard coverage in Melbourne was live.
As they analysed each horse a commentator might give an insight into the horse or I might have liked the look of it, and I may then bet on it.
Now on Sky 521 the Victorian mounting-yard coverage is prerecorded.
So while you’re watching the mounting yard the horses are actually being loaded into the barriers. There’s no time to put a bet on.
Victorian racing is so important to the punter that Sky should look after it better. It would only benefit the NSW TAB and therefore Sky.

Tony McKenzie
Port Macquarie (NSW)
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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: