Slot Holder: TAB
Breeding: Nicconi – Strikeline
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: James McDonald
Owners: Mr R A E Lyons, Mr P D Harrison, Mr P N Kean, Mr S W Hansen, Mr G L Smith, Mr J P Van Duuren, Mr P J Balderstone, Mr K C Garland, Mr D J Mccluskey, Mr C A Bennett, Mr G D Dumesny, Mr F Giampaolo, Ms D J Mcshane, Mr D J Slocum, Mr T G Mchenry
He’s arguably the world’s best sprinter and TAB had no hesitation in snapping up Nature Strip as its 2020 TAB Everest slot runner.
The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip is a four-time Group 1 winner and boasts 14 wins from his 23 race career, including four wins from his seven starts in 2019-20.
“We are thrilled to have secured Nature Strip for the 2020 TAB Everest,” Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp’s Managing Director of Wagering and Media, said.
“Each year the race continues to grow in popularity and we are proud to have been involved from the beginning.
“We went so close with our slot when Santa Ana Lane ran a great second last year and we are confident Nature Strip is the horse to beat this year. We look forward to involving our customers along the journey to race day.”
Nature Strip’s trainer Chris Waller won the 2019 TAB Everest with three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes.
While Nature Strip, a rising six-year-old, finished fourth behind his stablemate last year Waller said his outstanding autumn campaign proved to him that he’s dealing with a different horse now.
“It’s really exciting to partner with TAB who have been supporters of The Everest for a long time,” Waller said.
“I’m confident the learnings from Nature Strip competing in The Everest last year will go a long way in 2020.
“With this partnership in place, we can now build a plan for the remainder of the year to give us the best possible chance of success.”