TURFTALK

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing -

RAY THOMAS AND MATT JONES LOOK AT TO­MOR­ROW’S MEET­ING

MJ: Gee, I had a rip­per week­end up in Scone. But we’re back to Rose­hill, my favourite Syd­ney track, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what Ro­man Son has to of­fer. I think Ety­mol­ogy is his only dan­ger.

RT: I don’t think there is a dan­ger. Ro­man Son should just win, surely. He’s my best bet at Rose­hill and I’m also very keen on Press Box in the opener and Noire in the final event.

MJ: I’m go­ing with Stunts in the first af­ter he ran be­hind Graff last start and he beat I Like It Easy, who came out and won last week at War­wick Farm. I think Noire is a po­ten­tial star but I’m go­ing with Dis­so­lute, who is fit and has the Ana­tola form. I’m back­ing Up ‘N’ Rolling but if Hunter Jack wins I won’t be able to get over it.

RT: You know what they say about chas­ing good money af­ter bad. But the day you drop off Hunter Jack, you know what’s go­ing to hap­pen? I give him a good light­weight chance, mate. I’m go­ing with Spe­cial Mis­sile to beat Up ‘N’ Rolling, but only just.

MJ: I bet you’re look­ing for­ward to watch­ing Mir­a­cle Mal­colm John­ston be in­ducted into the Aus­tralian Rac­ing Hall of Fame tonight. It’s long over­due, I think.

RT: De­served hon­ours for Mir­a­cle Mal and Chris Waller, among oth­ers. And be­fore you say it, no, I wasn’t around when Poitrel won the 1920 Mel­bourne Cup.

MJ: Let’s get on to the Group 1s. Which horse will an­nounce it­self as an Ever­est run­ner by win­ning the Good­wood?

RT: I’m on Vega Magic from Vid­dora. If ei­ther wins, I think they’ll be picked up for The Ever­est.

MJ: I think Vega Magic has un­fin­ished busi­ness in The Ever­est af­ter last year’s luck­less run and he can win to­mor­row and book a spot in the race. The Doomben Cup is the other big Group 1. I’m go­ing with Satono Rasen. Ap­par­ently, you’re do­ing the un­think­able and say­ing Tom Mel­bourne can win?

RT: Should I be cer­ti­fied, Matty?

MJ: Al­most. But se­ri­ously, who do you think will win?

RT: I am se­ri­ous, go Tom!

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