This week in Winning Post

The first Saturday of autumn looms as a classic in more ways than one, with Group 1 Guineas races in both Melbourne and Sydney.

At Randwick, last-start Apollo Stakes winner Hallowed Crown takes on a crack field in the Randwick Guineas.

At Flemington, the VRC's autumn carnival kicks off with an intriguing version of the Australian Guineas, with a strong interstate presence headed by Kermadec (pictured) and Wandjina from NSW, Rommel from WA, Alpine Eagle from SA and Admiral from Tasmania.

On what is a long weekend for much of the country, the high-class action flows through Sunday (cups at Canberra, Echuca, Stony Creek and Corowa) and Monday, Adelaide Cup day. And Winning Post has it all covered in our bumper 112-pager.

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 plus fields for the Sapphire Coast, Beaudesert, Toowoomba and Port Lincoln meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Echuca (Vic/SA/Tas edition), 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 the cup cards at Canberra, Echuca and Stony Creek 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.

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 Brent Zerafa reports from Sydney and Shane Templeton reminisces while Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport and Tony Kneebone presents his lively Snippets column.


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Inside Winning Post March 7 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Cranbourne (night), Swan Hill, Kembla Grange
Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville, Gold Coast, Ascot, Geelong (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle, Sunshine Coast (Qld edition)
Yarra Valley, Terang, Wagga Wagga, Beaudesert
Should civil tribunals such as VCAT have the power to overturn the decisions of racing authorities?
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.
Royal Randwick Saturday - R3 N11 Mihiri
Morphettville Monday - R8 N6 Mandla
Letter of the Week

Whippy-slappy, not happy-clappy

I read Adrian Dunn’s “Spare the rod ...” article (14/2). Sorry mate but horses race to win — it’s not meant to be a run in the park!
For every Bowman you see riding a Catkins out hands and heels to a narrow victory you’ll see 10 times as many jockeys get done in a close finish. It’s all very nice in this nanny state racing lives in now to give him a rap but what if he got beat? Surely it should be a mandatory suspension!
Give me Blake Shinn’s vigorous use of the whip in the final furlong every time to these quiet Corey Brown types. I use those two jockeys deliberately because in big races a couple of years ago it was Shinn who continually outrode Brown to get close photo finishes — Viewed’s Melbourne Cup for one.
Also take a look at the Epsom Handicap where Shinn beat Brown, riding five times as hard. Ridiculous, I say. Brown should have got suspended for denying his mount what should have been victory.
Remember the horse is a beast over 500kg, not a dog or a cat!
Racing has survived 150 years without these preachers telling us about overuse of the whip. It’ll survive another 150.

Alan Walker
Essendon (Vic)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

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: