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Midweek Sandown Meeting features future Group One prospect

  • A future Group One winner could be racing at Sandown on Wednesday
  • Nature Strip was dominant in his win at Moonee Valley 
Nature Strip bolts in at Moonee Valley in November.

It’s not often that we look to a Benchmark 70 race on a Wednesday at Sandown as a possible form reference for future Group One races, however that is what could happen on Wednesday Afternoon. 

The United Petroleum Handicap 1000m (3:20pm) is Race 5 at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday. This Benchmark 70 will have more eyeballs on it than the usual Midweek race. 

The Robert Smerdon-trained Nature Strip has only had three career starts but the hype around the three-year-old Nicconi Gelding is high, with many believing he is a future Group One winner.

His debut win at Mornington was very good, sitting four deep for the entire race, he raced greenly in the straight but still had enough talent to score as the $1.90 favourite. 

His second-up performance at The Valley was huge in defeat. Sam’s Image was off and gone as they straightened and Nature Strip despite not handling the corner, still got within a half-length of the winner. 

Nature Strip was sent out the hot $1.80 favourite at his last start at Moonee Valley. He was stuck three-wide in the run but jockey Ryan Maloney wasn’t worried, knowing what he had underneath him. 

Maloney got Nature Strip rolling at the 400m mark and he quickly took over around the home turn. Despite racing greenly again, he exploded away for a devastating 5.5 length victory. 

The most impressive thing about the victory was the time Nature Strip ran. The other 1000m race on that night at The Valley was won by the promising Sprightly Lass. 

Sprightly Lass ran her 1000m in 58.8 seconds (Last 600m 34.59sec). Nature Strip carried 1kg more in his race and ran his 1000m in 58.05 second (Last 600m 34.19sec). 

This Benchmark 70 race does have depth. The Darren Weir-trained Holy Seal was first-up when she won over this course and distance three weeks ago. She defeated Booradley who has since come out and won here at Sandown. 

Another horse that could prove to be a Group horse is the regally-bred Frankel My Dear. As the same suggests, this is a three-year-old Colt by champion Frankel. His first preparation was back in August where he was competitive behind the likes of Azazel and Wait For No One. Although he won’t be sharp enough over the 1000m here, I can see him progressing into a very good horse over longer distances. 





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Midweek Sandown Meeting features future Group One prospect

It’s not often that we look to a Benchmark 70 race on a Wednesday at Sandown as a possible form reference for future Group One races, however that is what could happen on Wednesday Afternoon.

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