RAILS DRAW FOR NATURE STRIP

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A star-studded field of 13 has been declared for the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick with Nature Strip drawing barrier one.

One of four Group 1 races on Saturday’s opening day of The Championships at Randwick, the weight-for-age T.J. Smith (1200m) features a number of star sprinters including Newmarket winning colt Bivouac and outstanding filly Loving Gaby.

Defending champion Santa Ana Lane has drawn barrier two with dual Everest winner Redzel to jump from the next widest gate.

The Australian Derby has attracted a field of 12 with last-start Rosehill Guineas winner Castelvecchio drawing barrier nine.

Shadow Hero, winner of the Spring Champion Stakes and Randwick Guineas at Group 1 level, at the course this season, has barrier seven.

Golden Slipper third placegetter Mamaragan has been paid up as a late entry for Saturday’s Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) for two-year-olds.

Prague has drawn the outside barrier while Aim has the inside.

The Doncaster has attracted a capacity field of 20 plus four emergencies with six-time winning trainer Chris Waller having eight runners plus third emergency Reloaded.

Star New Zealand mare Melody Belle is joint topweight on 57kg with the Waller-trained Kolding.

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