Nature Strip Back to Best
Tara Madgwick - Saturday March 7

Nicconi’s star sprinting son Nature Strip was back to his brilliant best at Randwick on Saturday scoring a brilliant all the way victory in the Group II ATC Challenge Stakes (1000m).

Nature Strip in full flight - image Steve Hart

The Chris Waller trained powerhouse was disappointing when resuming from a spell to finish fourth to Gytash in the Group I VRC Lightning Stakes last month, but showed that was nothing more than a momentary blip on his record when running his rivals ragged at Randwick.

He led from gate one for James McDonald and dominated his rivals with a scintillating display of speed winning by three lengths over Redzel and clocking 56.87 seconds.


"That's what we thought he would do in Melbourne," McDonald said.

"There's a little peanut between his ears. Some days it works and some days it doesn't.

Nature Strip brought his A game to Randwick!"Chris (Waller) brought him back to Sydney and got him right as he always does.

"And when he gets it right there's not a feeling like it on a racehorse. He just does his thing and it's a pleasure sit on top.

"And when he gets it wrong, he gets it terribly wrong."

Nature Strip has a great record with 13 wins from 22 starts and $4.3million in prizemoney.

“I was dead keen to run him in the Canterbury Stakes today, but that went pear shaped after last start,” said Chris Waller.

"We will head to the TJ Smith and the Newmarket horses will come up so it will be a great race."

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.

Nature Strip is the best performer for Widden Stud’s Nicconi, who is enjoying a terrific yearling sales season with his 34 yearlings sold so far this year averaging $105,367.


Nicconi in upcoming sales:
Hyland Race Colours Challenge Gr2 1000m
Randwick Track: Soft(6) Time: 0:56.87
Nature Strip
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 58.5
5g Nicconi (AUS) x Strikeline (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 58.5
7g Snitzel (AUS) x Millrich (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Marquee Stud, Willow Tree, NSW
B: Triple Crown Syndications
Inglis Australian Bloodstock Sale-Select Weanlings $45,000
V:PPB Advisory as Receivers and Managers of Lee Fleming Thoroughbreds
B: Marquee Stud Pty Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $0
V:Eliza Park
B: Psd $55,000 Res $60,000
Jungle Edge
T: M A Bell J: Ms J Da Rose 58.5
9g Dubawi (IRE) x Jungle Girl (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
Miss Leonidas
T: S A Dwyer J: J Bowditch 56.5
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Happy Play (AUS) (Barathea (IRE))
T: James Cummings J: J Bowman 58.5
5g Denman (AUS) x Defrock (AUS) (Canny Lad (AUS))
Santa Ana Lane
T: Anthony Freedman J: M Zahra 58.5
7g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Fast Fleet (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Flemington Bloodstock Agency
Ball Of Muscle
T: Joseph Pride J: G Schofield 58.5
9g Dubawi (IRE) x Parfore (NZ) (Gold Brose (AUS))
I Am Immortal
T: Anthony Freedman J: Tim Clark 56
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Meliora (AUS) (Ad Valorem (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: Anthony Freedman Racing / Dream Thoroughbreds
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