Favourite Nature Strip gets mid draw for TJ Smtih Stakes

Eleven of Australia’s fastest gallopers are set to line up in Saturday’s $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the barriers have been allocated.

The TJ Smith Stakes has quickly become one of Australia’s best races – first run in 1997 when run at Listed level and won by Mahogany.

It gained Group 1 status in 2005 and has been won by some of the greats including Black Caviar in 2011 and 2013, Chautauqua in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Lankan Rupee in 2015, Takeover Target in 2009 and Apache Cat in 2008.

In 2021, Nature Strip will chase back-to-back wins in the weight-for-age feature and drew barrier 5. The Chris Waller-trained galloper is the $3.60 favourite for the race with TAB Fixed Odds.

Nature Strip’s last start conqueror in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, Eduardo is the $4.60 second favourite and starts from barrier 8 with Brenton Avdulla replacing the suspended Nash Rawiller.

Eduardo. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The Godolphin galloper Bivouac sits on the third line of betting at $6 and will start from barrier 2 while the two $8 chances Masked Crusader and Haut Brion Her drew barriers 7 and 4 respectively.

The field and barrier draw for the TJ Smith Stakes is.

Number – Horse – Trainer – Jockey – Barrier – Weight

1 – BIVOUAC (James Cummings) – Hugh Bowman – 2 – 58.5kg

2 – NATURE STRIP (Chris Waller) – James McDonald – 5 – 58.5kg

3 – EDUARDO (Joe Pride) – Brenton Avdulla – 8 – 58.5kg

4 – ZOUTORI (Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra) – Luke Currie – 10 – 58.5kg

5 – MASKED CRUSADER (Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes) – TBA – 7 – 58.5kg

6 – DIRTY WORK (Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes) – TBA – 9 – 58.5kg

7 – ORDER OF COMMAND (Danny O’Brien) – Damien Oliver – 6 – 58.5kg

8 – ELEVEN ELEVEN (Greg Hickman) – Keagan Latham – 3 – 58.5kg

9 – LIBERTINI (Anthony Cummings) – Tommy Berry – 1 – 56.5kg

10 – HAUT BRION HER (Chris Waller) – Jamie Kah – 4 – 56.5kg

11 – SEPTEMBER RUN (Chris Waller) – Craig Williams – 11 – 54.5kg

Bivouac. Photo: George Salpigtidis/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Originally published as2021 TJ Smith Stakes field and barrier draw

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