Nature Strip shapes strongly for rich sprint
The career of ever reliable stallion Nicconi is poised to reach unprecedented heights off the back of one very special horse this season.
Nicconi has always been a steady supplier of winners and from eight racing crops his record is 491 runners for 343 winners of 1034 wins.
Last season his progeny around the world surpassed the $10 million mark for the first time and that record looks under threat even though the Southern Hemisphere season is only weeks old.
And the reason for that sits squarely on one horse.
Nature Strip is Nicconi’s pin-up horse and the brilliant sprinter looks set to catapult Nicconi to the top of the Australian Sires’ Premiership in the weeks ahead as he builds to the $15 million The Everest.
Given the ridiculous ease of Nature Strip’s barrier trial on Tuesday it’s going to take a good horse to deny him in The Everest.
Last season Yes Yes Yes captured the richest sprint in the world and that victory was enough to make his sire Rubick the champion sire of Three-Year-Olds.
The Everest is run at Royal Randwick on October 17 and should Nature Strip win he will bank $6.2 million to add to the $5.14 million he’s already earned.
Given that Nicconi’s progeny won $9.1 million in Australia last season, an Everest win would promote the stallion to the head of the premiership table and with plenty of other nice horses running around he will be a major player for champion stallion bragging rights.
Nicconi has covered 669 for the last four seasons so he’s got plenty of fire power yet to hit the racetracks of Australia so Nature Strip will have plenty of support this season.