This week in Winning Post

Cranbourne trainer Tony Rosolini and jockey Darryl Horner junior sprang a surprise last month when Zuhayr (pictured) got up to win the Drechsler Hurdle at Bendigo, swamping the favourite, Fieldmaster, at the final obstacle.

Greater glory awaits at Warrnambool this Sunday, where Zuhayr will tackle the $200,000 Grand National Hurdle on action-packed program also featuring the $100,000 Crisp Steeple.

Can he do it again? Tony Kneebone's preview will kick off this week's Winning Post.

Before then, there's action aplenty on Saturday, particularly at Flemington for finals day. The time-honoured Winter Championship is among a stack of series to be decided at Victorian racing HQ and our full-colour 12-page liftout guide is the one you need to find all the winners.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Geelong and Wagga, plus fields, colours and tips for Gunnedah and Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Gawler in SA, Doomben in Brisbane and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus 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 Grand National day at the Bool and Maclean Cup day at Grafton, 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.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while Richard Callander has the inside mail from Sydney and Shane Templeton reminisces on page 5. Further back in the book Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport and Tony Kneebone delivers his lively Snippets column.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post July 11 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Geelong synthetic, Wagga Wagga
Flemington, Randwick, Gawler, Doomben, Belmont, Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Warrnambool, Warracknabeal, Grafton, Hobart
Should jumps racing be confi ned to non-metropolitan tracks (apart from Oakbank)?
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.
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R3 N1 Orator 3rd
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R8 N8 Tangier Sun 7th
Caulfield Saturday - R9 N3 Self Sense 9th
Letter of the Week

Go bush

Like many, I had hoped for the jumpers to remain in the city, but maybe it is time to rethink.
The Melbourne Racing Club has been a saving force in city jumping, but maybe it’s time to look to the country and plan for a realistic future, rather than long for the past.
Grand Nationals at Bendigo or Ballarat could be a stand-alone Saturday meeting. The other club could have a stand-alone Australian Hurdle and Steeple four weeks prior.
These are both city-class racecourses that won’t detract much from punter confidence and therefore turnover.
This alternative keeps some nationwide exposure, yet lets the city clubs get out of jumps racing.
The SAJC has shown it doesn’t want jumps anymore, so South Australia could do similar, with an Oakbank Grand National stand-alone Saturday to go with its Easter carnival and the rest of the jumps races in the country on Sundays or weekdays.

John Tutty
Gold Coast (Qld)
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: