Nicconi 3YO Impressive at Valley

 In 2017, News

Lightly raced speedster Nature Strip posted the biggest winning margin of the night on Friday at Moonee Valley.

Prepared by Robert Smerdon, three year-old Nicconi gelding Nature Strip was having his third start and lived up to punters expectation when bolting away to win the 1000 metre Benchmark 70 event by five and a half lengths as hot favourite.

Winning rider Ryan Maloney believes Nature Strip can develop into a Group horse.

“He’s a class three year-old,” he said.

Passed in at Inglis Premier when offered by Golden Grove, Nature Strip is a half-brother to stakes-winner The Barrister, who was subsequently sold to Hong Kong.

With two wins and a second from three starts, he is the third winner from Group III winning Desert Sun (GB) mare Strikeline.