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Nature Strip Wins Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final

Monday, 9th July 2018

J: Damian Lane
T: D K Weir
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Nicconi
D: Strikeline
J: D Oliver
T: D T O'Brien
W: 56 kgs
S: Squamosa
D: Commanding Angel
J: J Mott
T: John McArdle
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Bullet Train
D: Montaza
J: Chris Parnham
T: Jason Warren
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Bel Esprit
D: Ausmaid

At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a stakes race success when boom 3YO Australian-bred gelding Nature Strip (Nicconi-Strikeline, by Desert Sun) opened his stakes account with another impressive display of speed in the $120,000 A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Order Of Command & Egyptian Bullet. Passed in for $90,000 at the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale when offered by his breeder Golden Grove Stud, Nature Strip improved his record to 6 wins and 2 placings from 9 starts for $499,800 in earnings. Trainer Darren Weir said he will now sit down and plan a spring program for Nature Strip that he hopes will culminate in $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. "He'll come on from that, because he had a good gallop today. He had to go late to make him go, whereas last start he cruised through the line. He can only win so he's done a great job, so look forward to the future," Weir told racing.com. "I think everyone is pretty keen to get him into The Everest," he added. "Hopefully there's some slot-holders interested in taking him on. If that doesn't happen, we'll map out a plan to the spring."

Nature Strip

Everest hopeful Nature Strip (pic: Mark Gatt)
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