Nature Strip Wins Inglis Dash

Monday, 22nd January 2018

Boom Victorian sprinter Nature Strip (Nicconi-Strikeline, by Desert Sun) announced himself as a Group 1 star in the making with yet another dashing win in Saturday's $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) at Flemington. A graduate of the 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, where he was offered by his breeder Golden Grove Stud, Nature Strip made it four wins from just five career starts when scoring by 0.75 lengths over fellow Premier Yearling Sale graduate Prezado (Denman) and Classic Yearling Sale youngster Bravo Tango (Congrats). Trainer Robert Hickmott has some big targets in mind for Nature Strip, including the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on 24 February and the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington a fortnight later. Hickmott said the 3YO was likely to make his next appearance in next month's Gr2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) before stepping up to elite company. "He showed he wasn't a speedy squib today," Hickmott told racing.com. "The horse did a great job, he came down the outside rail on his own and he had to do it tough late but he showed his fighting qualities." He added: "I think he's suited better around a corner and obviously the Oakleigh Plate has been talked about so all things going well, that's where we'll head."

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Nature Strip (image: Mark Gatt)