This week in Winning Post

Sydney's spring reaches its climax this Saturday with the running of three Group 1 races at Royal Randwick, and it's no surprise that Chris Waller is expected to dominate.

The top of the market for The Star Epsom is heavily populated by Waller runners including defending champ Boban (pictured), who'll be looking to reignite his spring after a lacklustre Melbourne campaign.

Waller also has several live chances in the Metrop for the stayers.

Elsewhere on the Randwick card, the miler fillies battle it out in the Flight Stakes, and the first of the babies step out in the Breeders and the Gimcrack.

This week's Winning Post leads with a four-page wraparound on the Group 1 action.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, Flemington hosts what Lee Freedman calls the key day of the spring carnival.

Highlight is the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. Last year's Turnbull first four included the Melbourne Cup winner (Fiorente), the Caulfield Cup winner (Fawkner) and very nearly the Cox Plate winner (Happy Trails).

Helping Winning Post readers sort out the chances will be leading Melbourne trainer Peter Moody, who joins us for another spring with his forthright and candid column.

Before Saturday, 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 panel for Rockhampton.

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

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Murtoa (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Sunshine 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 Bairnsdale, Benalla and Cootamundra cup days 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 there's the Snippets column, Richo adds his unique take on the sport, Brent Zerafa reports from Sydney, Shane Templeton reminisces 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 October 4 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Kyneton, Grafton, Orange
Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville, Gold Coast, Belmont, Murtoa (Vic/SA/Tas) editions), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Sunshine Coast (Qld edition)
Bairnsdale, Benalla, Cootamundra, Hobart
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 - R4 N5 Angelic Light 4th
Moonee Valley Friday - R7 N7 Caveka 4th
Caulfield Sunday - R6 N8 Looks Like the Cat 2nd
Caulfield Sunday - R8 N6 Office Bearer 12th
Letter of the Week

In on the minimum

Richard Callander (20/9) is right that punters should thank Racing NSW for applying a minimum bet requirement to fixed-price wagering operators fielding on NSW racing.
About time, one might say, even if the real objective is to make life harder for corporates and switch some turnover back to the tote.
All other jurisdictions should immediately follow suit, and governments should be prepared to back these regulations by enforcing anti-discrimination laws so that operators cannot refuse to enter into contracts (i.e. wagers) with certain punters simply on the basis that they win too often.

Alec Hair
East Camberwell (Vic)
Today's Racing
Wednesday 1 October
Thursday 2 October
Friday 3 October
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: