Brilliant Lightning Victory for Nature Strip

Tara Madgwick - Saturday February 13

Gifted jockey Jamie Kah brought her magic touch to enigmatic sprinter Nature Strip at Flemington on Saturday to bring out his best and win in the Group I VRC Lightning Stakes (1000m) over his fast finishing stablemate September Run.

Nature Strip gives all he's got for Jamie Kah - image Reg Ryan / Racing Photos.

The 2019/20 Australian Racehorse of the Year, Nature Strip had a troubled spring campaign when nothing went right for the Chris Waller trained son of Nicconi with his best result coming with a well-held second to Bivouac in the Group I VRC Sprint Classic.

Kah had her first sit on Nature Strip in a jumpout last Friday and the encounter was enough to put her in charge of the powerhouse sprinter come race day.

“He was in a good mood. He was in a good mood when I trialled him. I think he’s just getting better with age,” said Kah, who felt the absence of a crowd packed atmosphere played in her favour..

“The team has done an amazing job and I’m the lucky one to be on him.”

Nature Strip gets there first - image Reg Ryan/ Racing Photos.

Kah was happy to sit quietly on Nature Strip early in the $750,000 sprint, letting dual Group I winner Pippie set a quick tempo for the first 600m, before getting busy on the gelding in the last 400m.

He surged clear and then held off a late charge from three year-old filly September Run to win by half a length.

Nature Strip - image George Salpigtidis / RAcing Photos.

Nature Strip has the overall record of 15 wins and four seconds from 28 starts with earnings of $6.3million.

Bred by Golden Grove, Nature Strip was passed in as a yearling and is a half-brother to stakes-winner The Barrister from Group III winning Desert Sun (GB) mare Strikeline, who has not had a foal since 2016, but was covered by shamus Award last spring.

Nature Strip is the best performer for Widden Stud’s Nicconi, who is enjoying a terrific yearling sales season with his 23 yearlings sold so far this year averaging $106,826.



Race Result - Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Gr1 1000m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 0:56.91
Nature Strip
T: C J Waller J: Jamie Kah 58.5
6g Nicconi (AUS) x Strikeline (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
September Run
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 53.5
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Pittsburgh Flyer (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $380,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Swats That
T: L & T Corstens J: Jye McNeil 53.5
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Is It A Mosquito (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
T: Tiarnna Robertson J: Michael Poy 56.5
6m Maschino (AUS) x Miss Razyana (AUS) (Danzero (AUS))
T: James Cummings J: G Boss 58.5
4h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Dazzler (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: Chris Meagher J: Damian Lane 56.5
5m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Coupe Express (AUS) (Ne Coupez Pas (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: J Meagher
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: L Currie 58.5
5g Magnus (AUS) x Flourishing (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Elite Street
T: D L Morton J: M Zahra 58.5
4g Street Boss (USA) x Elite Ateates (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
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