Following an emphatic return victory in the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield on February 9, Nature Strip is a commanding $2.20 ‘Final Field’ favourite with TAB for Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
Nature Strip opened $2.30 once the field and barriers were confirmed this morning and with 70 per cent of support already going to the winner of nine races from 13 starts, TAB has firmed the gelding’s price to $2.20.
“Nature Strip toyed with his rivals at Caulfield a couple of Saturdays ago and even though he is yet to succeed at Group 1 level, the majority of early TAB punters believe that Chris Waller’s recent acquisition will be victorious on Saturday,” TAB’s Trent Langskaill said.
The final field was also announced this morning for the Futurity Stakes and All-Star Mile aspirant Alizee has tightened as favourite from $2.70 to $2.60 in early betting with TAB.
“Alizee has been outstanding this campaign with wins in the Christmas Classic (December 29) and Expressway Stakes (February 2) in Sydney but she will face tough opposition including Land Of Plenty ($6) and Brave Smash who has been specked from $9 to $7 with TAB,” Langskaill said.
Loving Gaby has eased as TAB’s favourite from $4.50 to $5 for Saturday’s Blue Diamond since yesterday morning’s barrier draw with Fillies Prelude winner Lyre ($9 to $6.50) and runner-up Vinicunca ($21 to $13) the biggest firmers.
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TAB’s MARKET FOR THE BLUE DIAMOND (CAULFIELD RACE 7 ON SATURDAY)
Loving Gaby $5 ($4.50 after the barrier draw)
Lyre $6.50 ($9 after the barrier draw)
Athiri $7 ($6 after the barrier draw)
I Am Immortal $9 ($8 after the barrier draw)
Brooklyn Hustle $9 ($8 after the barrier draw)
Catch Me $11
Vinicunca $13 ($21 after the barrier draw)
Hawker Hurricane $14 ($13 after the barrier draw)
Shotmaker $15 ($11 after the barrier draw)
Others Quoted $18+
TAB’s MARKET FOR THE OAKLEIGH PLATE (CAULFIELD RACE 8 ON SATURDAY)
Nature Strip $2.20 (opened $2.30)
Viddora $12 (opened $11)
Shoals $13 (opened $12)
Bons Away $16 (opened $14)
Spright $17 (opened $16)
Booker $19 (opened $18)
Others Quoted $21+
TAB’s MARKET FOR THE FUTURITY STAKES (CAULFIELD RACE 6 ON SATURDAY)
Alizee $2.60 (opened $2.70)
Land Of Plenty $6 (opened $5.50)
Brave Smash $7 (opened $9)
Le Romain $8.50 (opened $8)
Best Of Days $10 (opened $9)
Material Man $12 (opened $11)
Others Quoted $16+