Trainer John Sadler is wary of being too confident but believes Nature Strip will be too good for the opposition when he returns to action at Caulfield on Saturday.
Nature Strip has won four from five and will have his first start for Sadler in Saturday's $150,000 Vobis Gold Dash (1100m).
Sadler was impressed with his work on the Caulfield course proper and has high hopes Nature Strip will make a winning return to action.
"You don't like saying this as a trainer but he really should be too good for them on Saturday I would have thought," Sadler said. "He worked on the course proper this morning, just by himself because he can go a little bit strong.
"All things considered he should be winning on Saturday. Having said that he has still got improvement to come fitness-wise."
After resuming on Saturday, Nature Strip will then head to South Australia to run in the Euclase Stakes in Adelaide on 5th May.
Then it is onto Queensland for a break in the winter sun - although Sadler hasn't entirely ruled out having a start during the Queensland winter carnival.
"The owners have always wanted this horse to winter in Queensland, to get some sun on his back," he said.
"There would be the possibility of him having a start up there although I can't really see anything too suitable for him in the 1000m-1200m range."
Meanwhile, Jon Snow is 25/1 to win the Caulfield Cup in October and Marmelo can be backed at 999/1.
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