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WATCH: Nature Strip impresses in return trial

Last updated: 01 Sep 2022
Bets.com.au Staff 01 Sep 2022
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  • Nature Strip has finished second in his return trial
  • The champion sprinter worked beautifully under James McDonald
  • 2020 Everest winner Classique Legend also featured
  • Trial replay is included below
Nature Strip Trial
Nature Strip returned with a strong trial at Canterbury. (Getty)

Fresh off a famous Royal Ascot victory, Nature Strip has stepped out for his first public outing ahead of the 2022 spring.

Eventually working across to settle outside the speedy Overpass, who had won an August 12 trial at Rosehill by almost nine lengths, the champion sprinter was kept in a lovely rhythm throughout under James McDonald and worked to the line under his own steam for second.

In his first appearance since last year's Everest, which he contested first-up, 2020 Everest winner Classique Legend was another notable runner in a strong opening heat from Canterbury on September 1.

The striking grey jumped well and was able to hold third-place comfortably on the line, where he was 2.6 lengths off Nature Strip in the finish and held a safe margin on Lost And Running (fourth), with the John O'Shea-trained gelding catching the eye late.
Over 900m on a Soft 7, this strong heat was completed in an overall time of 55.49, with a last 600m of 36.65.

Kiku, Promise Of Success and September Run rounded out the seven-horse field.

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