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2018 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes Group 2 September 8 - Moonee Valley

Nature Strip wins 2018 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes Group 2 $200,000 at Moonee Valley (VIC), 1000m.

2018 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes Group 2 September 8 - Moonee Valley

Nature Strip wins 2018 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes Group 2 $200,000 at Moonee Valley (VIC), 1000m.

Nature Strip winning the Mitty's McEwen Stakes
Nature Strip winning the Mitty's McEwen Stakes Picture:Racing and Sports

Although he had just a head to spare Nature Strip Horseform  won the same race as both his sire (Nicconi in 2009) and dam (Strikeline in 2005) and is building an impressive record, this his eighth win and third stakes from only 11 starts. From the inside barrier he wasn't first into stride but soon sped along the fence to take a clear lead at the 800m.

Jockey Mark Zahra sat quietly to the short straight, broke away by two lengths at the 200m and he looked in for a comfortable win only to be challenged strongly within the shadows of the post yet survived.

Houtzen Horseform  sat third (rails), took over second at the 400m, pulled out to challenge at the 200m but was making little impression until the last 50m where he almost caught the tiring winner, the first two stringing out the field.

Shoals Horseform  was fourth turning in then battled away to be three and three quarters further back in third from Viridine Horseform who flashed in fourth late but another two and three quarter lengths back.
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R5 MOONEE VALLEY 8 September 2018
Mitty's McEwen Stakes , 1000m
Race Synopsis: Although he had just a head to spare Nature Strip won the same race as both his sire (Nicconi in 2009) and dam (Strikeline in 2005) and is building an impressive record, this his eighth win and third stakes from only 11 starts. From the inside barrier he wasn't first into stride but soon sped along the fence to take a clear lead at the 800m. Jockey Mark Zahra sat quietly to the short straight, broke away by two lengths at the 200m and he looked in for a comfortable win only to be challenged strongly within the shadows of the post yet survived. Houtzen sat third (rails), took over second at the 400m, pulled out to challenge at the 200m but was making little impression until the last 50m where he almost caught the tiring winner, the first two stringing out the field. Shoals was fourth turning in then battled away to be three and three quarters further back in third from Viridine who flashed in fourth late but another two and three quarter lengths back.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
2. NATURE STRIP (AUS)
4yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
MARK ZAHRA
58.5
$1.50
 
NICCONI (AUS) - STRIKELINE (AUS)
R A E Lyons, P D Harrison, P N Kean, S W Hansen, G L Smith, J P Van Duuren, P J Balderstone, K C Garland, D McCluskey, C A Bennett, G D Dumesny, F Giampaolo, Ms D J McShane, T G McHenry & D J Slocum
2nd  
6. HOUTZEN (AUS)
4yo Mare
TOBY EDMONDS
RYAN MALONEY
56.5
$15.00
 
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - SET TO UNLEASH (AUS)
Miss J Edmonds, R J Casey, A K Warren, S J Shirley, P J Lederhose, S I Hargreaves, N A Warren, P J Mullen, G M Lawrence, C M Casey, Ms D J Rochfort, P J Peters, G1g Racing & Breeding, Aquis Farm & Raffles Thoroughbred Racing
Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone NSW, $105000
 
3rd  
5. SHOALS (AUS)
4yo Mare
ANTHONY FREEDMAN
TIM CLARK
56.5
$5.00
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - THE BROKEN SHORE (AUS)
 Pinecliff Racing (Mgr: J B Munz) & Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd (Mgr: J M Messara)
4th  1. VIRIDINE (AUS)
4yo H
JAMES CUMMINGS
CRAIG WILLIAMS
58.5
$13.00
5th  3. SUNDAY ESCAPE (AUS)
8yo Gelding
ANDREW MURRAY
DWAYNE DUNN
58.5
$51.00
6th  8. UNIQUE LOVELY (AUS)
5yo Mare
FRANKIE STOCKDALE
BEN THOMPSON
56.5
$151.00
7th  4. PORT VALE (AUS)
4yo Gelding
STUART GOWER
STEPHEN BASTER
58.5
$81.00
8th  7. QUILISTA (AUS)
5yo Mare
DARREN WEIR
J ALLEN
56.5
$15.00


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