Nature Strip all set for Lightning strike

10 February 2023 Written by Racing & Sports

Nature Strip has won an 800m jump-out at Flemington in preparation for the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning.

Nature Strip showed he is on target for a 10th Group 1 win following a pleasing jump-out at Flemington. 

Opposed to stablemate September Run and the Mike Moroney-trained Roch 'N' Horse, the trio went 800m out of the barriers down the straight 800m course on Friday morning. 

Nature Strip led home Roch 'N' Horse with September Run in third spot. 

Trainer Chris Waller declared Nature Strip on song ahead of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday week the sprinter's fourth shot at the race. 

Nature Strip won the Lightning in 2021 and finished second to stablemate Home Affairs last year while in 2020 he finished fourth to Gytrash

Waller made the trip from Sydney to watch Friday's workout and said it was what he wanted to see from Nature Strip. 

"Get him through the barriers, get him used to the straight again and have a bit of a workout ahead of the Lightning Stakes in eight days' time," Waller said. I'll hopefully see her finishing off." 

"He's had a great break. He's had a normal, traditional lead-up to his return run. 

"A jump-out in Sydney, a trial in Sydney, today's jump-out as well as a float trip down. 

"Small pieces of work to steadily stimulate him." 

Waller said he was not looking any further than the Lightning, although in the back of his mind he would like to see Nature Strip line up in a fourth Group 1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick, having won the past three editions. 

He added he would like to again travel with Nature Strip to the northern hemisphere and Royal Ascot where Nature Strip was successful last year in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes. 

"It's all about the autumn, all about his first-up run at this stage. We're not thinking about travel outside of Australia until we get the autumn out of the way," Waller said. 

Waller was impressed with September Run who he described as being 'not a flash trackworker'. 

"Yet she runs well in these types of races," Waller said. 

"She loves the straight. The last 100 metres next Saturday will hopefully see her finishing off." 

Don't miss out on your chance to witness history as the world's best sprinter takes on all challengers in the world's best sprint race at Flemington on Saturday 18 February. Find out more and book your tickets to Black Caviar Lightning Race Day.