This week in Winning Post

Racing lost one of its larger-than-life characters this week with the passing of Ross McDonald, and tributes to Ross by Adrian Dunn and Shane Templeton lead this week's Winning Post.

On the track, star Scone sprinter Big Money will be looking to give his followers a Christmas bonus this Saturday when he tackles the Lough Neagh Stakes, highlight of a big program of racing at Doomben.

Big Money was awesome winning the Group 3 George Moore Stakes last start, and trainer Rodney Northam is confident his stable star can defy his 59.5kg impost.

Can he do it? Peter Lyne is our man on the spot in Brisbane and he'll preview the race in Winning Post this weekend.

There's also black type on the west coast, where the C.B. Cox Stakes highlights a huge Ascot program.

Before the weekend, there's plenty of Friday action as always and Winning Post has full form guides for four TAB meetings including the nighttime action at Moonee Valley plus fields, overviews and tips panels for the action at Morphettville, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Hobart.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth, and there's Saturday night action at Cranbourne.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Wangaratta (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Townsville (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 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 Richo adds his unique take on the sport, Brent Zerafa reports from Sydney, Shane Templeton reminisces and Tony Kneebone presents his Snippets column while 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.

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 December 20 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Yarra Valley, Bathurst, Lismore.
Flemington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Cranbourne (night), Wangaratta (Vic/SA/WA/Tas), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Townsville (Qld edition)
Bendigo, Horsham, Moruya, Sunshine Coast
Where should the Melbourne races be held if AFL Grand Final eve is a public holiday?
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.
Moonee Valley Friday - R7 N13 Reldas 1st
Flemington Saturday - R9 N2 Mr Make Believe 4th
Flemington Saturday - R9 N3 The Thief 11th
Today's Racing
Saturday 20 December
Sunday 21 December
Monday 22 December
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: