Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
Nature Strip will be given the chance to defend his Challenge Stakes crown

Nature Strip lost some of his lustre in the spring but after returning to his best in the Group One Black Caviar Lightning in Melbourne, the star speedster is on target for another dominant autumn campaign in Sydney.

The multiple Group One winner will be given the chance to defend his Challenge Stakes crown when he tackles the 1000 metre Randwick sprint on Saturday.

Trainer Chris Waller said Nature Strip was given a few days off after holding out the late charge of barn mate September Run to win the Lightning at Flemington first up and the horse had continued to please the stable.

“He had a few days at the farm in Melbourne and came up the Wednesday after his race,” Waller said.

“He’s settled in well. He galloped last week, galloped (Saturday) morning and he will have one this week.”

There were 11 nominations for the Challenge Stakes on Monday, including Godolphin sprinter Bivouac, up-and-coming filly Written Beauty and Nature Strip’s stablemate Haut Brion Her.

A winner of the Group Two Sheraco Stakes in the spring, Haut Brion Her ran the race of her life to finish fifth to Classique Legend in The Everest.

She has looked good winning two recent barrier trials but Waller says he has entered her as a precaution and it is doubtful she will take on Nature Strip this weekend.

“Unlikely. I don’t think she could beat Nature Strip over 1000 metres and the owners are happy to wait for the Galaxy at this stage,” Waller said.

“But she is ready to go if she needs to.”

All nine races at Randwick on Saturday are black-type events with the Group One Randwick Guineas and Canterbury Stakes headlining the bumper program.

Written by Mandy Cottell

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Trainer Neville Layt sadly passes away

Queanbeyan-based trainer Neville Layt sadly passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a battle with illness. Layt, 76, passed away at...

Nature Strip secures slot in The Everest

A deal has been struck that will see Nature Strip run for Chris Waller Racing in The Everest. Having contested...

Victorian club lambasted for charging trainer

The Swan Hill Jockey Club has been lambasted on social media after their decision to charge, find guilty and sanction...

Wendy Roche discusses the quirks of Nettoyer

Wendy Roche speaks on Nettoyer after the mare claimed her second Group 1 victory in the Queen Of The Turf...

Likely All Aged Stakes Field – 2021

The 2021 All Aged Stakes will be run this weekend (24/4/2021) at Randwick racecourse and the field is pretty close...

Arcadia Queen’s racing career over

Owner Bob Peters has all but confirmed the career of star mare Arcadia Queen is over, after she suffered a...

Classique Legend suffers HK setback will return to Australia

Just when it appeared Classique Legend was set to show his true colours in Hong Kong with a scheduled return...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.