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Nature Allowed To Take Its Course

Friday, 13th September 2019

The co-owner of blazingly fast sprinter Nature Strip (Nicconi-Strikeline, by Desert Sun) has announced that it’s pointless fighting nature by trying to teach the gelding to settle. Speaking to Radio TAB on Thursday, Lyons said, “He’s got speed… and that’s what you’ll see in the future.” For Nature Strip, that near future includes the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 27 September. The decision follows a well-meant experiment to try to teach the flyer to exercise restraint in his races, a tactic that resulted in him fighting for his head in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes, effectively nullifying the favourite’s chances. Lyons noted, “In fairness to everybody, we've been working on trying to get him to settle and come back. We thought if he could just harness a bit of that speed, it would be terrific.” Unfortunately, although that works in theory and at trackwork, the moment he has horses around him nature kicks in and he just wants to race them. Lyons hopes that if allowed to lead, Nature Strip might learn to relax once he gets there.

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