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Best Sprinter, Nature Strip
Nature Strip winning the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes. (Getty)
Bets.com.au Staff 27 Jul 2021
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If there's one thing that Australians do better than most it's produce top quality sprinters.

We produced arguably the greatest of all-time in Black Caviar, but year after year we prove that the mighty mare wasn't just a flash in the pan. Sprinting races are a favourite of Australian punters so we've compiled our list of the top-five sprinters currently in training down under.

The best five sprinters in Australia

1. Nature Strip - Prior to the 2020 spring, this enigmatic gelding was the best sprinter in the world but just didn't quite come up in that campaign, however, he has taken back the mantle following feature autumn wins in the Lightning Stakes before defending his TJ Smith Stakes crown at 'The Championships'. We'll next see Nature Strip in the spring of 2021.

2. Classique Legend. The 2020 Everest winner has returned to Australia after a short Hong Kong stint and is back under the care of trainer Les Bridge, who planned his last preparation to perfection. Still very lightly raced as a rising six-year-old with just 13 starts to his name, if the pouplar grey finds his form from last spring then he easily goes to the top of this list.

3. Gytrash - This tough South Australian had a big 2020 which started with a Group One win up the Flemington straight in the Lightning Stakes prior to placing in both the Newmarket and William Reid Stakes. There was only half a length between he and Bivouac in the 2020 Everest, which was the last time they met. Is the most consistent sprinter in Australia despite a somewhat disappointing autumn..

4. Eduardo - A still lightly raced veteran that found career best form in the autumn of 2021 where he broke the 1000m track record fresh at Randwick when upsetting Nature Strip in the Challenge Stakes before carrying top weight and bolting in with The Galaxy. Was safely held into third via TJ Smith Stakes prior to ending his winter with victory in the Doomben 10,000.

5. Masked Crusader - This four-year-old is the most progressive of any galloper on this list with just 12 starts to date. He bounced back off an ordinary spring with a Group One William Reid Stakes romp before making good ground as runner-up in the TJ Smith Stakes. The return bouts in the Spring versus Nature Strip and co loom as mouth-watering clashes.

Best Australian Sprinters FAQ

Who's the best sprinter in Australia?

Nature Strip is the best sprinter in Australia currently.

His Group One wins in 2021 came in the Lightning Stakes and TJ Smith Stakes.

Which sprinter has made the most prize money?

Redzel (retired) has won the most prize money of any sprinter.

He has won over $16 million dollars in his 35 start career making him the 2nd richest horse in Australian history after Winx who won well in excess of $26 million dollars.

Who's the best ever Australian sprinter?

Black Caviar is the best ever Australian sprinter having won all 25 starts.

She amassed almost $8 million in prize money along the way.

What is the world's richest sprint race?

The world's richest sprint race on turf is the $15 million Everest, which is run every year at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia.

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