It’s Nature Strip’s Everest!

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 16

With $8million in earnings and six Group I wins before today, seven year-old Nature Strip had won just about everything a sprinter in Australia can win barring the Everest and at Randwick on Saturday he added the $15million sprint to his resume with a typically brave front running performance.

Nature Strip wins the Everest at his third attempt - image Steve Hart

Nature Strip had a few different trainers earlier in his career, but has been with Chris Waller since the start of 2019 and has achieved phenomenal success.

Fourth to Yes Yes Yes in the 2019 Everest and then seventh last year behind Classique Legend following a troubled preparation, Nature Strip arrived at Randwick this year for the world’s richest sprint in career best form.

With regular partner James McDonald in the saddle he cruised across from barrier 10 to take up the lead and remained there throughout.

Challenged hard at the finish by firstly Eduardo and then Masked Crusader, he stuck to his guns to win by long head, his overall record now 18 wins and six seconds from 33 starts with prizemoney of $14.9million.

Last year’s winner Classique Legend was a gallant fifth having not raced since finishing unplaced in the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint last year.



“I've never woken up in the morning and been so confident in a runner... the man who trains him is just an absolute master and the horse is star!" said James McDonald.

Nature Strip is an Everest winner!


Nature Strip is likely to head to Melbourne next for another crack at the Group I VRC Darley Sprint, which he won in 2019 and finished second in last year behind Bivouac.

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 was covered by Shamus Award last spring.

Nature Strip is the best performer for Widden Stud’s Nicconi, who has relocated to Widden Stud Victoria this spring and stands at a fee of $27,500.

Nicconi is the sire of Nature Strip.



Race Result - Everest 1200m

Randwick Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:09.11
Nature Strip
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 58.5
7g Nicconi (AUS) x Strikeline (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Masked Crusader
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 58.5
5g Toronado (IRE) x She's Got Gears (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Hawkes Racing / Cameron Cooke Bloodstock
T: Joseph Pride J: N Rawiller 58.5
8g Host (CHI) x Blushing (AUS) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Lost And Running
T: J A O'Shea J: J Bowman 58.5
5g Per Incanto (USA) x Dreamlife (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Blandford Lodge, Matamata, NZ
B: John O'Shea Racing Pty Ltd
Classique Legend
T: L J Bridge J: K Mc Evoy 58.5
6g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Pinocchio (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks
B: C Size
T: James Cummings J: J Parr 58.5
7g Street Cry (IRE) x Outdoor (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: G Richards & D Moyle J: J R Collett 58.5
6g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Miss Barley (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $40,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore
B: Gordon Richards Racing
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale Platinum Session $70,000
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone, NSW
B: J Corcoran
T: A J Cummings J: S Clipperton 56.5
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Aloha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Home Affairs
T: C J Waller J: G Boss 53
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Miss Interiors (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $875,000
V:Torryburn Stud, Torryburn
B: T Magnier
The Inferno
T: C I Brown J: Regan Bayliss 58.5
5g Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Spina Rosa (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $140,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Cliff Brown Racing
MM National Weanling Sale $10,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: Paul Willetts Bloodstock/Buffalo & Co Ltd
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Jean Van Overmeire 58.5
6g Sebring (AUS) x Leone Chiara (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))
Inglis September (Late) Online Sale $8,500
V:G1G Racing & Breeding
B: Gino Sottocornola
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Gai Waterhouse / Adrian Bott
Wild Ruler
T: P & P Snowden J: Tim Clark 58.5
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Gypsy Robin (USA) (Daaher (CAN))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $525,000
V:Kia Ora Stud, Scone
B: China Horse Club / Newgate Bloodstock / WinStar
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