This week in Winning Post

Spring has officially arrived and there's a cracking weekend of racing to greet it in your Winning Post.

At Moonee Valley the feature is the Group 2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), where the prize includes exemption from the ballot for this year's Cox Plate.

Among the horses aiming for their Cox Plate ticket will be recent Lawrence Stakes quinella Mourinho and The Cleaner. The Cleaner booked his Cox Plate berth last year by winning the Dato, while Mourinho's connections will be taking no chances after their horse was controversially left out of the Cox Plate field last year.

They'll have plenty of opposition though, including Godolphin import and dual autumn Group 1 winner Contributer (pictured), who resumes in the Dato.

Who will get the cash? Tony Kneebone's Memsie tip will lead this week's Winning Post.

Elsewhere, Sydney gears up for spring with the Tatt's Club's spring program, led by the Chelmsford Stakes, and Richard Callander will have all the mail.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Bendigo and Wyong Cup/Mona Lisa day at Wyong, plus fields, colours and tips for Lismore and Ipswich.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Devonport (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Hawkesbury (NSW editon) 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 Moree Cup day and Sheep Hills Cup day at Warracknabeal 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 further back in the book Richard Callander has the inside mail from Sydney, Shane Templeton reminisces, 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 September 5 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Bendigo, Wyong
Saturday:
Moonee Valley, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Echuca (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Warracknabeal, Moree, Hobart
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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.

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Letter of the Week

Challenging

On Saturday August 8 I ventured to the Horsham Tabaret to place a jockey-challenge bet, which is quite the norm for me.
Michelle Payne had three reasonable mounts at Morphettville , so I asked the operator for $20 on my selection.
She replied that only $3 was available at the advertised fixed odds of $15.
After my request to have another operator check that information, that operator confirmed that Payne now had firmed into $12 — there was no longer the option for me to place the grand sum of $3, had I so desired.
I placed the $20 at $12, but vowed never to take such a bet style ever again.
You guessed it — just one more disgruntled punter!

Ian Brilliant
Horsham (Vic)
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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: