The Nature Strip prepared a lightning demonstration on Tuesday to win the King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal Ascot, giving Australia a long-awaited victory at the famous meeting.
The five-stop collision, which was seen as an exciting international clash between Down Under star sprinter Chris Valer and Wesley Word’s American Golden Pal hero, was expected.
Rejected by 9/4 seconds, the Nature Strip took the lead halfway and quickly dealt with James McDonald, who led his second royal ascetic winner.
There was drama from the start, as Golden Pal, who usually got off the bench quickly, didn’t break and was on his back quickly, while Khaadem lost his rider, Jamie Spencer, to the goal.
The rest of the field never fought for victory, as the Nature Strip had only lost Khaadem to the company in the straight line, winning four and a half lengths from Twilight Calls, with Acklam Express finishing third and fourth respectively with a 200/1 shot. .
He is the first Australian-trained Royal Ascot winner since Black Caviar in 2012.
McDonald said: “It was amazing, the team did a wonderful job.
“I’m lucky to be on him, and he’s just an absolute horse freak. I think he silenced some critics with this performance because it sparkled.
“I didn’t know that a horse without a rider is without a rider, and I was wondering, ‘how did we come up with that?’ “. He was just amazing.
“I saw the American horse charging, and I said to myself at the two pillars, ‘Will you come?’ It was a horse without a rider that scared me. »
Waller, who trained superstar mare Winx, said: “It means a lot. We do not have many opportunities today to compete with the British, the Irish and even the Americans.
“It is quite special to bring a horse and compete with the best in the world and win just like him.
“It was breathtaking, it was a good show and it is a very good horse. He has been for a long time.
“It seems to me that he is in the twilight of his career, but now he has learned to be a racehorse because it was difficult at first. It is an honor to train him.
“Entertaining internationally is very important to show our breed in Australia and of course he is one of the highest rated horses in the world and that ‘s a lot.
“Let’s see how he does next, and later in a week we’ll decide if he’s going to his Platinum anniversary (Saturday). It’s definitely in the top five I’ve ever had.”
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