World News – AU – Hugh Bowman on Nature Strip in VRC Sprint Classic

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Hugh Bowman to partner with Nature Strip in VRC Sprint Classic after James McDonald loses appeal to reckless driving suspension

McDonald has been the horse’s regular rider for the past two seasons and was in the saddle for his seventh Everest start

But after being ruled out for his run on Horrifying in the opening race at Flemington on Derby Day, McDonald’s on Wednesday failed in his attempt to overturn the 12-meeting ban

Bowman will make his first race on the speedster driven by Chris Waller, although he paired it with a barrier test earlier this year

Horse and jockey hope to change their spring fortunes in Group One Flemington sprint

One of Everest’s early favorites, Nature Strip’s shape has been below par and it’s winless this campaign

Bowman also suffered a tough race, missing the winning Cox Plate mount on Sir Dragonet by suspension and his Melbourne Cup run, Anthony Van Dyck, failed to finish after sustaining a fatal leg injury

Nature Strip will look for two consecutive wins in the Group 1 sprint after competing in the race last year

He will have nine rivals on Saturday, including 2018 race winner Santa Ana Lane and emerging sprinter Standout

Standout was struck from the Yes Yes Yes Stakes in Sydney last week due to a heavy track, but co-trainer Gerald Ryan says Flemington’s run has always been his main focus

The horse will travel to Melbourne overnight on Wednesday and Ryan expects him to take advantage of the Flemington stretches

â ???? A few top jockeys have repeatedly suggested to me that they would like to ride him in the straight.

The Sprint is one of two Group 1 races on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival, with the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)

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World News – AU – Hugh Bowman to ride Nature Strip in VRC Sprint Classic
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Hugh Bowman on Nature Strip in VRC Sprint Classic



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