James McDonald will be the new rider for Nature Strip, replacing Damian Lane for next Saturday’s $700,000 Group I The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill.
Lane has ridden Nature Strip in six of his last seven starts including when last seen in the sprinter’s flop when 10th in the Oakleigh Plate as the $2.30 favourite.
But McDonald has been doing work with Nature Strip since the galloper arrived at Chris Waller’s stables after the Oakleigh Plate, including riding him when winning a recent Randwick trial.
Nature Strip is the early $5 equal favourite in Sportsbet’s market on the Galaxy, sharing the top line of betting with Graff. – Racenet.com.au