This week in Winning Post

Is the biggest prize on the Australian racing calendar heading overseas again?

Yes, seems to be the general consensus, with Japanese stayer Admire Rakti a $5 favourite for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup and German galloper Protectionist second pick at $6.50.

The home team is not without a hope, however. Newcastle's Kiwi-bred mare Lucia Valentina is a $7.50 chance alongside Saturday's impressive Lexus Stakes winner Signoff, who was bred in Ireland but has spent his entire career with Victorian trainer Darren Weir.

And the Aussie-bred and Aussie-trained Cox Plate runner-up Fawkner is the punters' fifth pick on $11.

While there's plenty of debate on the identity of the Cup winner, there's no doubt your best form guide fo Tuesday's action is Winning Post's Melbourne Cup special, out Sunday morning in Melbourne, the crack of dawn Monday everywhere else.

Our full-colour 20-page Flemington guide is the one you need to find all the winners, and there's plenty more reading to keep you entertained through the day.

Peter Moody, Adrian Dunn, Shane Templeton, John Adams and Joel Marshall are among the experts giving their perspectives on the cup, while our monster Cup crossword will give the memory cells a workout.

And if you're looking to find a winner we've got plenty more than Flemington, with full form guides for both TAB meetings on Monday as well as Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot and Echuca Tuesday.

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Inside Winning Post November 1 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Moonee Valley (night), Horsham, Moree, Bathurst
Saturday:
Flemington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Traralgon (Vic/SA/WA/Tas), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
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.
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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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