16 Oct 2021, 12:10

Nature Strip wins turf's biggest price, The Everest

  SYDNEY, Oct 16, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Star sprinter Nature Strip, ridden by

James McDonald, lived up to his billing as favourite to win the world's
richest turf race, The Everest, in front of thousands of cheering punters in
Sydney on Saturday.

  The seven-year-old gelding, trained by Chris Waller, led virtually all the
way to hold off a fast-finishing Masked Crusader and collect a whopping
Aus$6.2 million (US$4.6 million) for barely a one-minute sprint.

  On a blustery and overcast day, Eduardo came third at Royal Randwick in the
first major event in Sydney with crowds -- capped at 10,000 -- since a
months-long Covid lockdown was eased.

  Normally, 40,000 fans would pack the venue, but those there provided some
much-needed atmosphere to a sport which, like most others, has suffered under
pandemic restrictions.


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