Nature Strip heads to Adelaide to battle Sunlight this weekend.
- Career 7–5–0–2
- Prize Money $2,165,450
- Career 9–6–2–0
- Prize Money $506,800
Sunlight has the runs on the board with the filly smashing a field of top line two years on the Gold Coast last season in the Magic Million and sticking on well for 3rd in the Golden Slipper.
Nature Strip has all the hype and whilst he has not taken on horses at Group One level he bodes some very tidy wins, racing within a whisker of the 1000m track record at Sandown whilst carrying 60.5kg
When asked about the match up Tony McEvoy said “For me, if they’re thinking of coming here, maybe he’s not quite going as well as they’d like, which is comforting for me”. Sunlight jumped out last week in dire conditions and cruised to an impressive 4.5L victory. Whilst the Weir camp also projected confidence with stable rep J Mclean stating “I am very upbeat about the horse every times he steps out. He’s just an imposing individual in everything he does. He does it with ease and again we saw him here working well this morning.” Team Weir will be looking to impressive onlooker come Saturday in an effort to secure one of the 3 remaining slots available for The Everest in October
Both runners like to lead so it’ll be interesting to see who takes it up and who takes a sit, I think we might see Nature Strip roll forward with his high cruising speed and try and drive them into the ground. These match up are what we love about racing.
Bookmakers have tighten up the market on Nature Strip in from $1.80 head to head earlier in the week, he is now $1.50 vs $2.55 for the filly.