He may frustrate a lot of punters with his enigmatic style of racing, but when he is on song NATURE STRIP (Nicconi – Strikeline) is the best racehorse on the planet.
And that’s not me talking, that’s what was just announced by the esteemed Longines World Rankings group.
The Chris Waller-trained speedster leads all racehorses in the world, as compiled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
For the period starting 1 January and ending 9 May this year, Nature Strip rated 123, highest in the world with Saturday’s raging Gr 1 Doomben 10,000 favourite EDUARDO (Host – Blueing) back in equal 4th place, level with the great European star ADDEYBB (Pivotal – Bush Cat), who we know knocks over Verry Elleegant to win the Gr 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April.
The accolade for Nature Strip is a huge push for Australian racing and confirms what we’ve always believed – that being this sprinter is a freak when he wants to be.
His last start trouncing of rising star MASKED CRUSADER (Toronado -She’s Got Gears) and Eduardo in the Gr 1 TJ Smith took his career record to 30 starts for 16 wins and 5 placings, accumulating $8,026,685 in prizemoney.
That form can only be franked by Eduardo this Saturday.
Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings:
|1||T||Nature Strip (AUS)||Chris Waller||AUS|
|2||D/T||Mishriff (IRE)||John Gosden||GB|
|2||D||Mystic Guide (USA)||Michael Stidham||USA|
|4||T||Addeybb (IRE)||William Haggas||GB|
|4||T||Eduardo (AUS)||Joseph Pride||AUS|
|4||T||Palace Pier (GB)||John & Thady Gosden||GB|
|7||D||Charlatan (USA)||Bob Baffert||USA|
|7||T||Efforia (JPN)||Yuichi Shikato||JPN|
|7||T||Exultant (IRE) (ex Irishcorrespondent)||Tony Cruz||HK|
|7||T||Golden Sixty (AUS)||Francis Lui||HK|
|7||T||Glory Vase (JPN)||Tomohito Ozeki||JPN|
|7||D||Life Is Good (USA)||Bob Baffert||USA|
|7||T||Lord North (IRE)||John Gosden||GB|
|7||D||Monomoy Girl (USA)||Brad Cox||USA|
|7||T||Skalleti (FR)||Jerome Reynier||FR|