Nature Strip will be out to push his claims towards the TAB Everest when he contests the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
The McEwen Stakes winner is TAB’s raging $2.25 favourite with five contenders on the second line of betting at $9.
“Last start he broke the track record and no doubt he will be popular with punters,” TAB’s Nick Quinn said.
“On a big night for TAB Everest contenders, Chautauqua will trial between races and is a $15 chance to win the Everest.”
Meanwhile, Grunt and Humidor have opened as joint $4.60 favourites for Sunday’s Underwood Stakes at Flemington.
Underwood Stakes 2018
$4.60 Grunt, Humidor
$6 Blair House
$7.50 Comin’ Through, Homesman
$13+ Others Quoted
The Everest 2018
$5 Trapeze Artist
$7 Vega Magic
$8 Nature Strip
$11 In Her Time
$13 Santa Ana Lane
$15+ Others Quoted
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