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

The presence of Nature Strip has scared off rivals with just five horses nominated to take him on in the Group Three Concorde Stakes at Randwick.

The Australian Turf Club has extended entries until Tuesday after fellow Everest slot holder Gytrash, Ball Of Muscle, Splintex, Fiesta and Dirty Work were the only other nominations for the race.

An early favourite for the $15 million The Everest, Nature Strip has not raced since his blistering T J Smith Stakes triumph in March.

On resumption last preparation he was beaten as favourite over 1000 metres in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington but Waller expects no such issues at Randwick.

“The 1000 up the straight is a little different to 1000 around a bend,” Waller said.

Nature Strip has at times brought himself undone by over-racing but he appeared a more settled horse last campaign, stringing together outstanding performances in the Challenge Stakes and T J Smith.

He is being timed to peak for the Everest in mid-October but Waller says that is unlikely to stop the free-flowing frontrunner in the Concorde Stakes.

“We will have the breaks on but I don’t know if they will work,” Waller said.

Gytrash will make his Sydney debut in the short-course feature.

The South Australian sprinter was responsible for an upset result when he claimed the scalp of Nature Strip in the Lightning and he showed it was no fluke with another three Group One autumn placings.

Waller has 11 of the 23 entries for the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes including Kinane, Brimham Rocks and Finche.

Finche was fifth first up in the corresponding race last year and went on to finish seventh as favourite in the Melbourne Cup.

Waller says the horse will follow a similar route this time around and can again be competitive on Saturday with Kathy O’Hara aboard.

“He has been in work for a long time so he is naturally pretty fit,” Waller said.

“I think he will run a cheeky race over a mile but he will be harder to beat second up over 2000 metres.”

Waller’s exciting filly Hungry Heart heads the 16 entries for the Furious Stakes (1200m), while there are 19 gallopers in the mix for the Tramway Stakes (1400m), including Australian Oaks winner Colette, who is also among the Chelmsford nominations.

*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...

Young jockeys future riding career in doubt

The immediate riding career, and perhaps future riding career of Sydney’s champion apprentice Robbie Dolan is at the cross roads....

Watch 📺 Best thing beaten you have ever seen?

Oh, this just has to be seen to be believed. Sadly, actually, you won’t get to see a great deal...

Jamie Kah lands 1000 milestone win

A late double at the Sale meeting transferred to Pakenham on Wednesday has provided Jamie Kah with her 1000th career victory....

Kentucky Derby winner returns positive drug test

Las weekends Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has returned a positive drug test and could be disqualified from the race....

Watch 📺 Jockey stops riding and gets beat

Punters who backed Exalted Maxine at Murray Bridge on Wednesday will be furious of the ride of Stacey Metcalfe. Exalted...

Watch 📺 Jockey cops big fine for exuberant celebration

Who doesn’t love seeing sports people celebrate? All of us, right? Hmm, think again. The stewards at Warrnambool of Day...

Bizarre story behind jockeys eight year ban

It is the bizarre case of Daniel Jack Smith. Smith was disqualified for eight years after being found guilty of...

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 or