The career of super sprinter Nature Strip is over.
Resuming after a spell and racing for the first time as a nine-year-old Nature Strip never looked like the world champion he once was and only beat two $151 chances to the line behind a new star on the sprinting scene Remarque.
Following the Chelmsford Stakes, the following race, trainer Chris Waller and managing part-owner Rod Lyons called a press conference and announce the Concorde would be Nature Strip’s last race.
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Nature Strip has been retired. Picture: Mark Metcalfe–Getty Images
Remarque put his name forward as a serious contender for The Everest with a brilliant win in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick while Nature Strip was left in his wake.
Nature Strip never looked a factor after racing wide and weakening out of the race on topping the rise to be beaten nearly six lengths.
He looked a shadow of himself as his laboured down the straight with only Casino Lord and Shelby Sixtysix behind him.
Remarque on the other hand was sensational, jumping brilliantly and while he wasn’t expected to lead jockey Tyler Schiller had the gelding in a good rhythm and he cruised along before holding off the brilliant mares In Secret and Bella Nipotina inthe latter stages.
— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) September 2, 2023