Slot Holder: Chris Waller Racing
Breeding: Nicconi – Strikeline
Trainer: Chris Waller
Owners: Mr R A E Lyons, Mr P D Harrison, Mr P N Kean, Mr S W Hansen, Mr G L Smith, Mr J P Van Duuren, Mr P J Balderstone, Mr K C Garland, Mr D J Mccluskey, Mr C A Bennett, Mr G D Dumesny, Mr F Giampaolo, Ms D J Mcshane, Mr D J Slocum, Mr T G Mchenry
For the second successive year, Nature Strip was snapped up early by Chris Waller Racing to run as its TAB Everest runner.
After finally conquering the nation’s premier sprint race in 2021, Nature Strip completed a record equalling hat-trick in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes during The Star Championships at Randwick.
“Following his dominant victory in the TJ Smith Stakes, I felt it was an opportune time to be putting a deal forward to secure him again for 2022,” Waller said.
Rod Lyons, managing part owner of Nature Strip, said the owners are ecstatic to have the star sprinter selected by the CWR slot and look forward to another shot at the $15 million race.
“We take an abundance of joy out of racing Nature Strip and being part of Chris’ team, it was an apt decision to align with his slot again for 2022,” Lyons said.
“Nature Strip has again showed us his capabilities as Australia’s best sprinter this autumn. We look forward to the next six months as we embark on an international campaign whilst also being able to embark on a TAB Everest defence later this year.”
The superstar completed his international mission with an emphatic victory in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot in June.