The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing -

SO: Hello Matt. First things first, a big shout out and get well soon to our col­league and friend Brad David­son who has bro­ken his col­lar­bone. Hope he’s fight­ing fit again very soon. Let’s tip some win­ners in his hon­our.

MJ: Like last week, Rose­hill is a very open meet­ing and you could make a case for a num­ber of run­ners in all races. There is no stand­out on the day. What are your thoughts on the 2yos?

SO: I am a big Charge man. He is a Zous­tar with Waller and Qatar Blood­stock who raced Zous­tar paid $450,000 for this horse.

MJ: I think the horse with a fu­ture is the sta­ble­mate Or­cein who was im­pres­sive on de­but. if I don’t back him to­mor­row and he wins, I wouldn’t be able to live with my­self.

SO: I know you spoke to Joe Cleary about Up Trumpz whom I reckon nearly should have won last start but I am pretty keen on He­lio­sphere de­spite the rail out and the fact that he will have to pass them all.

MJ: Joe made a good case but Star Sen­sa­tion de­serves an­other chance and she could be too tough for them.

SO: I un­der­stand the stars have aligned and we agree on one thing for the first time ever; First­hand is your best and mine too. Team Hawkes might want to scratch now read­ing that.

MJ: One thing I do know is that Team Hawkes think 1400m is ideal for him at this stage of his ca­reer.

SO: The in­ter­est­ing run­ner in that race though is Mary­ore, Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship win­ner, new trainer, smash­ing tri­als but she’s 5s 0-0-0 first-up.

MJ: My in­ter­est­ing run­ner is New Uni­verse in the same race. Let’s see which New Uni­verse turns up. On abil­ity he’s got them cov­ered.

SO: I know you’re a cricket man, can Steve Smith’s horse Hogmanay cap off a great week for the Aussie cap­tain?

MJ: Hogmanay isn’t show­ing enough to say he can win. I like the sta­ble­mate Car­zoff.

SO: Fair enough, I am a Morn­ing­ton man my­self. Looks ready to win. At least we agree Waller wins the race. Good luck to­mor­row.

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