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Nature Strip records dominant King's Stand victory

14 Jun 2022
Bets.com.au Staff 14 Jun 2022
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  • Nature Strip has put in a devastating performance in the 2022 King's Stand Stakes
  • The champion Australian won the 1000m Group One by five lengths
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Nature Strip ridden by James McDonald wins The King's Stand Stakes during Royal Ascot 2022. (Getty)

Nature Strip has stolen the show on day one of Royal Ascot, with the champion sprinter recording a dominant five-length victory in the King's Stand Stakes (1000m).

There was plenty of drama with race favourite and predicted leader Golden Pal slow away, while the riderless Khaadem was eventually declared a non-starter by steward's post-race.

Kept in a beautiful rhythm throughout under James McDonald, the rising eight-year-old was never troubled in the run home and recorded a ninth Group One win in the process.
Nature Strip joins Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009) as Australian winners of the King's Stand Stakes, while a decision is yet to be made on whether the son of Nicconi will attempt the Platinum Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, which stable mate Home Affairs features in.
Nature Strip's triumph made it the seventh Australian Royal Ascot win in history and it was sweet redemption for champion trainer Chris Waller, who prepared 2015 Platinum Jubilee Stakes runner-up Brazen Beau.

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