Nature Strip Heads 2023 Black Caviar Lightning Field & Betting

February 17, 2023

Nature Strip Heads 2023 Black Caviar Lightning Field & Betting

Chris Waller’s champion sprinter Nature Strip makes his return to racing this weekend as the short-priced favourite in Black Caviar Lightning 2023 betting at Flemington.

Nature Strip (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

International Group 1 winner Nature Strip headlines the 2023 Black Caviar Lightning field this weekend in Melbourne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A star-studded field of eleven short-distance runners take to the straight at headquarters for this season’s Group 1 $1 million Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) as the count down to the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival majors heats up.

Sitting top of the Black Caviar Lightning field and odds at $2.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au is the 2021 champion Nature Strip kicking off his latest campaign.

The now eight-year-old is out to atone for his first-up second narrowly beaten by stablemate Home Affairs the same race last February.

The former The Everest champion, Group 1 King’s Stand winner in the UK and $20.6 million earner was last seen finishing runner-up to Roch ‘N’ Horse in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington in early November.

He has a stellar strike-rate at the track (10:6-3-0) and is a genuine 1000m specialist (18:10-4-1).

James McDonald, who rode last year’s winner Home Affairs to victory, is back aboard the marvel who came up trumps with the inside alley.

Nature Strip has an imposing first-up record (11:6-3-0) and looked good in a lead-up Warwick Farm trial win late last month ahead of his resuming run.

The danger occupying the second line of Black Caviar Lightning betting at $7 is the early market mover Coolangatta from the stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

The Group 1 winning filly is also first-up jumping from barrier nine with Jamie Kah, who rode Nature Strip to victory in this race two years back, to ride the progressive Written Tycoon filly fresh.

Coolangatta has won four of her seven starts to date including the Gold Coast’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley last year.

She races for the first time since a fifth at her only other Flemington run behind In Secret in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) last October.

The shorter distance first-up with the light weight work in her favour this weekend with Coolangatta out to build on her winning trial when defeating The Everest champion Giga Kick in an 800m hit-out at Cranbourne earlier in the month.

Maher & Eustace play a strong hand in this year’s Black Caviar Lightning field with Coolangatta joined in the line-up by stablemates Marabi ($9) and Bella Nipotina ($11) drawn barriers five and seven respectively.

Ben Allen rides the well-backed I Am Invincible mare Marabi first-up.

Marabi remains very lightly raced having had just eight starts to date for seven wins and is undefeated first-up (2:2-0-0).

Last summer she won the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley before success in Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on Blue Diamond Day.

Her latest run was a fifth to September Run in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in March last year.

It has been eleven months between runs for the smart six-year-old who is being kept safe to return off the lengthy let-up with her standard speed display.

Bella Nipotina is another Group 1 winning mare for the stable racing fresh in the Black Caviar.

The Pride Of Dubai five-year-old is a classy chestnut looking to win at Flemington for the first time after five previous attempts at the track for three minor placings.

After a second to Coolangatta in the Moir last September she went on to win the rescheduled Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) by nearly five lengths in a flawless performance.

She was far from disgraced at her last run when ninth but only 1.4 lengths off Roch ‘N’ Horse in the VRC Classic and has won a subsequent trial at Canterbury on February 6.

The other best in betting chasing an upset include the Peter Moody-trained $10 million The Golden Eagle winning four-year-old I Wish I Win ($11) in gate four and the resuming VRC Sprint Classic winner Roch ‘N’ Horse ($12).

The Michael Moroney-trained Roch ‘N’ Horse is already a two-time Group 1 Flemington winner having also won the Newmarket Handicap here in March last year at 100/1.

The Black Caviar Lightning 2023 runs as Flemington Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEDT) on Saturday with full markets thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2023 Black Caviar Lightning Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 231x1x142x NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg 120
2 x123x1151x I WISH I WIN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 58.5kg 109
3 x8815x133x BALLER Tony Gollan Mark Zahra 8 58.5kg 109
4 7x1x1224x2 FIRE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 3 58.5kg 76
5 8155x1219x BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 7 56.5kg 112
6 7210x4221x ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 2 56.5kg 115
7 4x3135x84x SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Blake Shinn 6 56.5kg 111
8 111x11115x MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 5 56.5kg 112
9 16123x BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Craig Williams 11 55.5kg 98
10 1x3380x MILLANE Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 10 55.5kg 72
11 x11x3x315x COOLANGATTA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 9 53.5kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

 

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