Solvere was scratched from a race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday to instead run here, and I am confident that he will take beating.
The Rubick gelding showed ability at the trials prior to debuting and has returned two competitive efforts to finish third and second here at Canterbury.
He boasts a fitness edge over his major rival in California Surreal and he can fight out the finish again.
Metro Legend will take plenty of improvement into his second campaign start at Canterbury today, and he is primed to strike.
The Redoute’s Choice gelding raced consistently at a similar grade to this one last time in, and he returned to the races with a competitive effort to finish fourth in a Saturday Midway Handicap at Rosehill.
This is a drop in class from that race and it looks the perfect target for him.
Fortified is another second-up galloper who is dropping in class at Canterbury tonight, and who looks well placed to strike.
The Ocean Park gelding raced well around some handy gallopers last time in, and while he clearly needed his first-up race at Warwick Farm this time to tune up, he still managed to finish midfield.
With improvement, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
Texcel hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but he didn’t return a poor effort last time, and this looms as the ideal autumn launchpad for him.
The Exceed And Excel gelding recorded two wins and three minors from his five starts during his winter prep, and he has had the benefit of a couple of trials lead into this contest.
He is drawn to receive a lovely run under Hugh Bowman and will prove tough to beat.