Solera will enjoy good improvement from two fair efforts this time and looks a live chance of winning the third at Kembla Grange today at double-figure odds ($12 at publish). The Godolphin-trained galloper faded from a forward position to finish sixth at Wyong last time out, but she’s been charged with carrying only 55.5kgs today and does look up to winning something of this quality.
Covert Ops looks to be a horse of some ability and he simply will not be offered a better opportunity to break his maiden than he finds at Kembla Grange this afternoon. The I Am Invincible colt stepped out in far tougher races than this one during his short debut prep and has continued to improve with each start this time. He’s drawn a peach in barrier 4 and on exposed form, looks the one to beat.
Holy Reign will take wholesale improvement into his second campaign target at Kembla Grange this afternoon and looks beautifully placed to win. The Manhattan Rain gelding has been a good performer for the Kim Waugh stable since debuting and chased well to finish second at Newcastle first-up. He can slot in behind the early pace today from barrier 8 and with even luck, will be extremely difficult to hold out.
Carambola has improved with each of her three efforts this time and is primed to win the last at Kembla this afternoon. The High Chaparral mare jumped favourite here last time out and just missed on the soft going, and it appears as though she’ll have better track conditions today. Betty Blooms, who appears to be her biggest rival might be forced to do too much work early to find a forward position from barrier 12 and that should play into Carambola’s chances.