Slot Holder: Chris Waller Racing
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
After reinstating his position as arguably the world’s best sprinter, Nature Strip was quickly snapped up by Chris Waller Racing to run as its 2021 TAB Everest runner.
Since he finished seventh in the 2020 edition, Nature Strip has added to Group 1s to his tally with wins in the 2021 Lightning Stakes at Flemington and posting back-to-back TJ Smith Stakes victories during the Star Championships.
“Following his scintillating victory in the TJ Smith I felt it was an opportune time to be putting a deal forward to secure him for 2021,’’ Chris Waller said.
“He has shown me he has gone to another level this Autumn with a victory in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes, going down by a nostril in the Challenge in track record time and then blowing away his rivals last start at Randwick in the TJ Smith.”
After two failed attempts Rod Lyons, managing part owner of Nature Strip, is rapt to have plans in place early to aim the star sprinter at the nation’s richest race.
“We are ecstatic Chris’ slot has selected Nature Strip for the 2021 edition of The Everest’,’’ Lyons said.
“We take an abundance of joy out of racing Nature Strip and being a part of Chris’s team, it was an apt decision to align with his slot for 2021 .
“Nature Strip has again showed us his capabilities as Australia’s best sprinter this Autumn, and we eagerly await The Everest in October.