This week in Winning Post

Cox Plate week is finally here, and an even longer wait could be over for Victoria's most prominent racehorse owner.

Lloyd Williams has long coveted a Cox Plate, coming within centimetres of winning it in 1995 with Mahogany, but he's never had a better chance to win it than this year, with Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Stakes winner Fawkner.

The Cox Plate caps a massive carnival this Friday night and Saturday at Moonee Valley, with a star-studded Manikato Stakes headlining the night meeting.

Tony Kneebone's Cox Plate tip will lead this week's Winning Post, with four-page wraparound coverage of the Valley action plus our famous full-colour liftout form guides to both meetings.

The Manikato Stakes meeting is part of a big Friday of racing action as always and Winning Post has full form guides for five TAB meetings including the nighttime action at both the Valley and Canterbury, plus fields, overviews and tips panel for Rockhampton.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange 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 Sale Cup and Hamilton Cup days plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday meetings.

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.

On page 4, our readers are fired up across all the big issues and on page 5 Richard Callander has the inside mail on NSW racing while Adrian Dunn covers Victoria. Further back in the book there's the Snippets column, Richo adds his unique take on the sport, Brent Zerafa reports from Sydney, Shane Templeton reminisces and Peter Lucas and John Barker go head to head on the burning issues in sport.

If you're a breeding enthusiast you won't want to miss our WP Thoroughbreds liftout, featuring contributions from TVN's Tara Madgwick.

Don't miss this week's Winning Post ($5), available from Thursd

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Inside Winning Post October 25 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Wangaratta, Taree, Canberra
Moonee Valley, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sale, Hamilton, Wyong, Sunshine Coast
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Letter of the Week

Too long, too late

Caulfield Guineas day is always a great day’s racing but I question some aspects of it.
Why does a 10-event card have to start as late as 1pm when 12 noon or thereabouts would seem to make more sense?
Why run the Caulfield Guineas as late as 5.40pm, a time when a lot of people would be preparing or having their evening meal?
A program lasting from 1pm to 6.15pm is far too long and too late-finishing, despite the high quality of the meeting.
Secondly, why run the Thousand Guineas seven days after the Flight and Manifold Stakes? Surely Caulfield Cup day, 14 days after these two races, would be much more suitable and would ensure a better field.
The Thousand Guineas was run on Caulfield Cup day years ago and it seemed a success. Why it was moved is a mystery to me.


Hugh Fraser
Frankston South (Vic)
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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: