This week in Winning Post

It's been a long time between drinks for Gai Waterhouse in the Victoria Derby. Her one and only win in the classic came in 1995 with Nothin' Leica Dane, who famously backed up in the Melbourne Cup three days later and ran second.

The drought might be about to end this Saturday, though, with Hampton Court likely to line up as favourite after beating the highly rated First Seal and Sweynesse in the Spring Champion Stakes.

The Derby is the highlight of what is traditionally hailed as the purist's day of the Flemington spring, the first of four massive afternoons of racing action.

This week's Winning Post leads with four-page wraparound coverage of Derby day, and our 16-page full-colour liftout is the one you need to find all the winners.

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 Valleyplus fields, overviews and tips panel for Kilcoy.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Traralgon(Vic/SA/Tas edition), 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 Peninsula Cup day at Mornington 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 November 1 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Horsham, Moree, Bathurst
Flemington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Traralgon (Vic/SA/WA/Tas), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Mornington, Kilmore, Goulburn, Sunshine Coast
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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.
Flemington Saturday - R7 N5 Magicool 5th
Letter of the Week

Come one, come all

So now that the international invaders have taken out this year’s Caulfield Cup and, for the first time, the Cox Plate (and will probably make it a clean sweep on the first Tuesday in November), we are no doubt going to hear the same old whining from sections of the media, the racing fraternity and the racing public that we should not let so many of them get a start in our big races.
Not to mention the outcries regarding the need for an Australian-bred horse to win these races.
These are the same types of people that were up in arms when the VFL transformed into the AFL — you only have to look at how great our national game of footy has become for proof that the naysayers are wrong.
Personally, I don’t think it matters that an Australian-bred horse can’t/won’t win the “big three” most years — I don’t even care if the winners are Australian-trained as long as we get to see the best talent here.
The Melbourne Cup is already an international event and the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate are now on their way too. We’re on the right path — it’s great for true racing fans.
Long term, hopefully the big three will continue to grow in stature on the world stage and all three become prized events to win. It may still be 10-20 years away, but I hope we end up with a four-week carnival (from the Caulfield Cup to Stakes Day) to outshine the likes of Dubai, Royal Ascot, Hong Kong and others, and Melbourne in spring becomes known as the premier racing destination for the world.
We’ve already got Kiwis, Japanese, German, French, English and Irish horses targeting our riches — the dream should be to get more down from Asia and maybe even a special US horse down here (the Breeders’ Cup meeting in October probably means it won’t happen but you never know).
I for one can’t wait for our spring carnival to be a truly international event where contestants for the big races also try what the Japanese did this year and bring stable companions down and have a crack at some of the lesser feature races too.
When it happens, Australian-bred and/or -trained horses will win our feature races now and then and we’ll all be beaming with pride when a local can beat the best the world has to offer.
Melbourne in spring is the place to be — here’s hoping we can continue along the path of bringing the best the world has to offer to us.

Simon Moir
Brunswick (Vic)
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