A ripping recent trial has Group 1-winning speedster Nature Strip ready to take on all comers down the straight 1000 metres at Flemington this Saturday in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning.
The gelding kicked off with a victory at this time last year and his Lightning odds shortened following the recent retirement of Chris Waller-trained stablemate Yes Yes Yes.
On the support card at Flemington, the three-year-olds step out in the C.S. Hayes and The Vanity, while the babies match motors in the Talindert.
In Sydney the feature is the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick, and with no Winx this year it should be a decent betting race. The support races at Randwick are the Light Fingers, the Southern Cross and the Triscay.
In Adelaide it's Birthday Cup day, while Ascot hosts the Cyril Flower and the Challenge.
Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Donald during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Quirindi, Grafton, Ipswich and Esperance.
The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.
Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Bendigo (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Gosford (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 Colac Cup day and Nowra's Country Championship qualifier day 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 Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.
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