This week in Winning Post

The inaugural edition of The Championships reach their climax this Saturday with the running of the richest race in Sydney history, the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, where crack Kiwi mare Silent Achiever will battle it out with a galaxy of weight-for-age stars over the globally acknowledged championship distance of 2000 metres.

A corker support card includes three $1 million Group 1 races: the Schweppes Sydney Cup, the ATC Australian Oaks and the Queen of the Turf. Then there's the $500,000 Group 2 Arrowfield Royal Sovereign Stakes for the three-year-old sprinters and a brand new race, the $500,000 Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes for two-year-old fillies.

To celebrate, Winning Post will be out a day early (Wednesday afternoon in selected Melbourne CBD and Flemington newsagents, Thursday morning elsewhere.)

Of course, there's plenty of quality racing around Australia this Easter weekend and Winning Post will have it all covered. We start with full form for four Thursday TAB meetings. The metro racing this Saturday is at Randwick in Sydney, Caulfield in Melbourne, Oakbank in SA, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Tatura (Vic/SA/WA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Qld edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more meetings.

Easter Monday is a huge day in Australian racing and we've got full form for the meetings at Oakbank (Great Eastern Steeple day), Caulfield and Randwick (Kensington).

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 our Your Say page, our readers are fired up across all the big issues. Richard Callander has the inside mail on NSW racing. Further back in the book there's the Snippets column, Richo adds his unique take on the sport, Shane Templeton reminisces, Brent Zerafa reports 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 Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne CBD and Flemington newsagencies, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere around Australia.

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Inside Winning Post April 19 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Sale, Wyong, Rockhampton, Geraldton
Randwick, Caulfield, Oakbank, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Tatura (Vic/SA/WA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Mornington, Donald
Caulfield, Oakbank, Randwick (Kensington)
Who will be the Australian horse of the year for 2013/14?
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 - R9 N11 Missvonn 2nd
Royal Randwick Saturday - R3 N8 Northern Glory 4th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R4 N6 Hippopus 3rd
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N4 Savvy Nature 4th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N8 Gallatin 6th
Letter of the Week

Record search

I was wondering if your readers could help me.
My late father had a record (45RPM) with the 1968 VRC Australian Cup won by Artic Coast on one side and the 1968 Newmarket Handicap won by Manihi on the other side.
At a recent clean-up of Dad’s place, the record could not be found.
I was wondering if you would be able to advise if and where I might be able to get a recording of the two races. Bill Collins was the caller. I know Dad won $1000 on the double, which was big money back then, especially for a feature double.
I have tried the VRC and the Horseman’s Bookshop with no luck.

• Editor’s note: Anyone who can help Mr Morris is asked to contact him via Winning Post.(03) 9258 4230

Paul Morris
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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: