This week in Winning Post

After the shock of his first-up defeat, Lankan Rupee gets a chance to atone this Friday night.

The world's top-ranked sprinter will take on a star-studded line-up in the Group 1 Moir Stakes, highlight of a top-class program at Moonee Valley, and Winning Post's 12-page guide is the one you need to find all the winners.

Our Friday coverage also includes full form guides for Geelong, Scone and Canberra, with fields, colours, selections and overviews for Rockhampton and the second night meeting at Sunshine Coast.

While much of the country will have its eyes on the MCG the following day, there's plenty of top-class racing action at Rosehill, where the Shannon Stakes is one of six black-type races.

Sunday sees more Group 1 action in Melbourne, with the Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield supported by preludes to the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas. Winning Post has it all covered.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Sportingbet Park in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville Parks in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Newcastle (except Queensland) 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 Group 1 action at Caulfield and the metro meeting at Warwick Farm, 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 Shane Templeton reminisces. Further back in the book there's the Snippets column, Richo adds his unique take on the sport, Brent Zerafa reports from Sydney 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 September 27 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Geelong, Scone, Canberra
Rosehill, Sportingbet Park, Morphettville Parks, Doomben, Belmont, Newcastle (except Qld), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Caulfield, Warwick Farm, Coleraine, 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.
Grafton Friday - R3 N8 Escape the Bottle 11th
Gold Coast Saturday - R2 N6 Heist 10th
Doomben Saturday - R1 N7 Miss Zizou 6th
Caulfield Saturday - R3 N7 Rifleman 4th
Belmont Saturday - R4 N13 The Ladies Choice 10th
Caulfield Saturday - R8 N13 Girl Guide 1st
Letter of the Week

Socialism works

I have just finished reading The Phoenix Rises by Ross Oakley, the story of the salvation and consequent thriving of Australia’s favourite sport, Australian Rules football.
The more I read into this remarkable story, perfectly titled, the more I see what is so badly needed in our other extremely popular sport, thoroughbred horse racing.
The more you see, the more you hear, the more that this sport is viewed objectively, the more it should be seen that a very similar approach should be taken to the one that those courageous men took 30 years ago.
While the same parochial, winner-takes-all attitudes that nearly brought down the VFL are allowed to continue to exist, racing is heading for the destination that would eventually have consumed the VFL. The “winners” will have it all, but, at huge cost to the vital industry that racing supports.
We need consolidation, rationalisation, amalgamations, co-operation and, most important and easiest to implement, the equalisation of revenue.
Yes, some very powerful forces have always espoused that this would be tantamount to the “socialisation” of the sport. But call it what you like, it is vital to the industry that provides all the basic ingredients to that sport.
In fact, to quote from Oakley’s book, “Here was a funny thing, another paradox for modern football — some of the key men driving the restructure of the game were by every instinct and belief men of the free market, and yet they had to acknowledge that the best interests of the game would be served by introducing … a kind of sporting socialism.”
Adoption of that position, undoubtedly repugnant in their everyday life, was the catalyst for the salvation of Australian Rules football as we know it today.
Let’s get real. Horse racing is no longer a “sport”. It is an industry that is among the highest providers of employment, yet many of the contributors to that supply chain are either on their knees or already effectively bankrupt.
These people — owners, trainers, strappers, stablehands, etc — are nothing more than pawns supporting a vast international gambling business, which, as has been reported, turns over billions, yet injects a pittance into the industry.
The analogies between the two sports are striking, but who will have the courage and ability to do for horse racing what those brave people did to resurrect Australian Rules football?
Or will racing proceed to its inevitable return to being the “sport of kings”, with the providers their serfs and vassals?

Ed Dimech
Torquay (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: