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The world's highest ranked sprinter is set to run at Royal Randwick tonight...don't blink.
Thanks Steve, After Dinner West Coast Time is the start and I like any story about Winx, And Her connections.
Despite Nature Strip's greatness as a turf sprinter and expected favoritism in the betting, this is no walk in the park for him, now racing at 8. It's a prep for down the road as it stands.
His main rival is now 9 and still could upset as 2nd fav.
Some will be looking at the up and comer with 5 straight W's to his name - Mazu at 6/1.
The other feature race looks interesting, too.
eight and nine years old still premium sprinters, that's 48-54 years old Humans.
Does Bolt know he has a lot of good years ahead of him. LOL.
When I have time I have to check their pedigrees, The Aussies Like X factor Heart Line and Rasmussen Factors.
Much less of a rarity to see 8 and even 9 year olds hold their form at the elite level in Australia than the US, of course.
NO drugs. And if a trainer or vet is caught Down Under...they get a hell of a lot more than a typical US slap on the writst.
Even Black Caviar's trainer was not above serious punishment. One would hate to think he played fast and loose with Black Caviar. I surely hope not.
I had no idea, wasn't Beta Bob using cobalt when those 6 or 7 horses died on the track. Cobalt blue
is that what was reported ?
Illegal Cobalt use was a global racing problem. The jurisdictions were not testing for it initially and the increased O2 carrying capacity it enabled cheaters using it to clean up.
As far as Beta Bob goes, he was using L-thyroxine on all his horses. He admitted as much when the sudden deaths occurred. There was no test for Cobalt in the CHRB at that time. The CHRB went out of their way to exculpate Beta Bob. Quite a few very knowledgeable people thought Beta was using both L-Thyrox and Cobalt and that combo had deadly consequences for those poor horses.
There is a lot on the web about this period in Baffert's infamous career.
Here's an interesting link.
Nature Strip wears down his old rival Eduardo to win The Shorts at Royal Randwick. The late movers could not reel him in.
A wonderful sprinter with a superb combination of speed and the necessary stamina to prevail in these type events.
Saw an out of this world ride by the female jockey while watching down under.
Lucy Winock..what a ride through the stretch.
If someone could find a replay...worth a watch.
#17 longshot winner.