AAP Horse Racing

Nature Strip secures ATC Everest slot

By AAP Newswire

Nature Strip has secured his place in The Everest and will run for the Australian Turf Club in the $13 million race at Randwick.

The Darren Weir-trained sprinter has won eight of his 11 starts including Saturday's Group Two McEwen Stakes, setting a Moonee Valley 1000m-record of 56.95 seconds.

The four-year-old is on the fourth line of the TAB's Everest market at $8 with inaugural winner Redzel the $5 favourite.

Nature Strip is scheduled to have his first start at Group One level in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 28.

ATC director Phil Morley said Nature Strip was one of the most talked about and promising sprinters in Australian racing.

"We are delighted to bring another dimension to TAB Everest with a sprinter of the promise of Nature Strip,'' Morley said.

"Nature Strip broke a course record at his most recent win and will add an X-factor to the field.

"We believe Nature Strip is an excellent winning chance and will add to the quality and character of the race.''

As part of the ATC's slot partnership, a percentage of prize money earned in the race will be donated to a worthy cause through the ATC Foundation.