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Australian Racing - Racing: Shelby "might just be better" than rivals

Shelby Sixtysix will attempt to deliver again this weekend as Tommy Berry gets aboard for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

The son of Toronado will be looking for his second win at elite level and he can be backed at 5/1 for the 1200-metre sprint.

Shelby looking to build further momentum

When the five-year-old lines up in the Group 1 this weekend it will be six weeks, and five starts, since he was beaten in a Class 3 Highway at the same track, and a fortnight since his dream success in Group 1 The Galaxy.

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Draw could be a problem

Berry has admitted that he is slightly worried about the barrier drawn in ten, with multiple top-flight winner Nature Strip - who will be on the hunt for his third consecutive victory in the Group 1 - just to his outside in the 11-runner field.

"The way James (McDonald) rides Nature Strip and with the track likely to be a Heavy 10, it wouldn't surprise me to see him stay in a straight line for quite a while and then come across late and that could give me a good bit of cover for most of the way even being wide," Berry said.

"If the inside is off, which there's a good chance it will be, they'll be racing down the outside anyway, so it's not the end of the world.

"I don't think he's got the ability of Nature Strip or Eduardo if we're on good ground, and that's just being honest, but on this sort of ground, it does level horses out.

"Nature Strip and Eduardo are good wet trackers, but he might just be better."

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