Nature Strip Switches Allegiances for 2020 The Everest
There are eight Group level races for the first Saturday meeting of May.
Five of those are jumping at Morphettville. We had a look at those yesterday. The other three are at Gold Coast and the major race season in Queensland continues weekend next when Doomben comes into play.
Some of the other goings on in the racing business caught our attention, as well.
Coolmore have priced The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes at $38,500 for stud services for his first season standing.
A trip back in time to 2008 reveals that Australia had seven stallions fetching over $100,000, but prices have dropped considerably.
Supply might be outstripping demand, as the price for the services of freshman stud Yes Yes Yes seem to indicate.
We don’t know what kind of progeny Yes Yes Yes will sire, but we hope that some at least are Okay Okay Okay.
The number of slots for the 2020 The Everest is currently 11, as Nature Strip will be occupying the slot belonging to TAB. Nature Strip ran fourth in The Everest in 2019. He held the lead at 400-metres, but he was run down by winner Yes Yes Yes, Santa Ana Lane and Trekking.
Sydney uber-trainer Chris Waller sent three out for The Everest in 2019 and his slot was occupied by Yes Yes Yes, so there is the suggestion that it might be prudent for slot holders James Harron, which fielded Nature Strip in 2019, and The Star, which sent Arcadia Queen, might want to consider a trainer with no interest in the outcome other than the trainer’s percentage.
Nature Strip had a productive autumn campaign, winning the Group 1 T J Smith and the Group 2 Challenge Stakes and those wins came off his spring carnival wins in the Group 1 VRC Classic at Flemington in November and the Group 1 Moir Stakes in September.