What’s Next For Nature Strip?
Chris Waller is pushing ahead as planned with Nature Strip (Nicconi), the beaten favourite first-up in Saturday’s Concorde Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m). The six-year-old gelding, who was overhauled by The Everest (1200m) rival Gytrash (Lope De Vega) in the final stages of the race, sat outside Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi).
“We could have probably put the acid to them mid stages but I think with the instructions being for Ball Of Muscle that lead at all costs had some relevance into how we rode Nature Strip, so don’t be too concerned,” Waller told Racing.com yesterday.
“I think 1200 metres it’s a more natural race for him, he can put the others under a bit of pressure and basically put pain into a race. He’ll bounce out of this run, four weeks to the Premiere and then two weeks to The Everest then down to Melbourne for the sprint on the last day of Flemington.”