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Nature Strip ready for Everest trial - Owners turn down $2 million offer

  • Nature Strip will run in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes 
  • Co-owner Rod Lyons speaks on The Everest 
  • Why his victory on Saturday was much better than it looked
Is Nature Strip Everest bound?

Co-owner of Nature Strip, Rod Lyons has told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse that the next target for Nature Strip will be the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, July 28. 

Nature Strip won’t be the only horse in the Bletchingly Stakes trying to make a bid for an Everest slot. Multiple Group One winner and Everest runner-up Vega Magic is a likely starter, alongside the Darren Weir-trained import Danon Liberty.

“Yes, we have (had offers). We were offered $2 million for him, but it was never really going to sell.” Lyons told RSN 927's Racing Pulse on Monday. 
“He’s won half a million already, you’d think if he stays fit and sound, he can race until he’s seven or eight. I think he’s got every chance of winning that sort of money.  
“People go on about this breathing issue that he’s got. He’s never made a noise. They discovered the problem when they were scoping the horse one day. If ever he was going to make a noise it would’ve been on Saturday into that gale.” 

Although visually, the win of Nature Strip on Saturday in the A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) wasn’t as impressive as his first-up run, the figures tell a different story. 

Nature Strip ran a full 2.2 seconds quicker than the older horses in the Listed Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m). He ran the first 600m in 35.18 in comparison to the older horses who ran the first 600m in 39.65. That four and a half second gap is upwards of a 25 length difference. This gives us some insight into why Nature Strip was a little weak on the line. 

The other factor in play was the wind. Nature Strip was forced to run into the gale for the entire 1200m, whilst his rivals were sitting in behind him. Nature Strip was the only leader to win all day, adding plenty of merit to the victory. 



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Nature Strip ready for Everest trial - Owners turn down $2 million offer

Co-owner of Nature Strip, Rod Lyons has told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse that the next target for Nature Strip will be the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, July 28.

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