Should Nature Strip get a slot in The Everest?

  • Does Nature Strip deserve a slot in The Everest? 
  • We put the Darren Weir-trained runner under the microscope
Nature Strip.

Nature Strip has eyes for The Everest and is fresh off another uber-impressive victory, this time in the Listed UBET Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville. 

It was built up as the match race between Nature Strip and Sunlight, however, it was a one-act affair in the straight. Jockey Damian Lane couldn’t hold Nature Strip any slower and put Sunlight to the sword at the 500m mark. 

He was still green in the straight, wanting to get on one reign, but the result was well and truly beyond doubt, with Nature Strip cantering away to win by six lengths. He ran the last 600m in a scintillating 33.27s. Despite not having a slot currently, he has been backed from $26 into $11 for The Everest. 

The knock on him currently is a high-pressure 1200m, however, that holds no fear for master trainer Darren Weir. 

 Darren Weir was full of praise for Nature Strip, telling Racing.com “It wasn’t overly pretty with him missing the start and over-racing a bit, but there wouldn’t be a faster horse going around.” 
 "Look, at the end of it all, it was a terrific run away from that and it will give some people a few things to think about," Weir said.  
"He's an exciting horse and once he learns to get it all together and switch off, 1200 metres won't be any worry."

Dan O’Sullivan from The Ratings Bureau spoke to RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Monday morning, saying “He (Nature Strip) came out with a 108.5 rating, which actually just eclipses Trapeze Artist’s win as the best sprint performance of the year.” 

O’Sullivan added that “The context around his figure was, it was 1050m race where he didn’t have to do any work early, he got a nice run back off a slow speed and was able to explode away.” 

“The fact that it wasn’t a high-pressure 1200m race, can’t diminish the way you assess him on Saturday, that’s all context looking forward to future races. Now if he was to go to a high-pressure 1200m race, then obviously that context has to be taken into account.” 

As we currently sit, Nature Strip does look likely to get a slot from either ATC or GPI Racing. The GPI Racing slot is owned by Greg Ingram, who is also the owner of the Grey Flash Chautauqua. It’s unlikely Chautauqua can make it to The Everest in time, even if he does get through his next two barrier trials. 

The Godolphin horse Kementari is likely to get one slot, which leaves the other for Nature Strip. Other horses slot holders may consider the likes of Happy Clapper, Estijaab, Viddora and She Will Reign, however they’d be mad not to take Nature Strip. 

We asked the people their thoughts on Nature Strip, on our facebook group Racing Fans Australia. The majority (106 people) sided with Yes, Nature Strip should get a start in The Everest. 





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