Nature Strip returned to the track earlier in August when winning a Rosehill barrier trial with ease winning the 900m contest by over six lengths under hands and heels.
Trainer Chris Waller has used the Group 3 Concorde Stakes as his launch platform for Nature Strips spring assaults in the past two years however the top rated sprinter is yet to win the contest.
In the 2019 edition of the race Nature Strip was sent round as a $2.30 favourite for the race but failed to even place, finishing fourth behind Redzel and Pierata.
When revisiting the race in 2020 Nature Strip again failed to fire when finishing second behind South Australian Gytrash. On that occasion the Waller runner had jumped as a $1.45 and was well held when finishing runner up.
It’s hard to argue against the credentials of Nature Strip given he has been a victor in 16 of his 30 starts however he has failed to fire several times first up going under at $1.65, $2.30, $1.45 and $1.45.
Nature Strip will line up against a solid field once again on Saturday with Trekking ($6), Wild Ruler ($6) and September Run ($8) set to challenge Wallers Sprinter in Saturday's Concorde.
The highlights of the day are without doubt likely to be the Tramway and Chelmsford Stakes at Group 2 level on Saturday with the Tramway in particular the first chance for punters to Cox Plate favourite Zaaki.
Zaaki currently leads betting for the Tramway at $3.50 ahead of Lion's Roar at $6, and Dreamforce, Duais, Nancho and Shout The Bar at $8.