Thursday, October 28

Champion rider James McDonald says all is in order for Nature Strip on Everest


A wet track and barrier layout have worked perfectly for the Nature Strip before Everest, writes James McDonald.

Everest day is almost here and I won’t complain if we end up on a really wet track.

Saturday will be affected by rain regardless of whether it rains more and the Nature Strip is very good in the wet.

The rail goes back to the truth, but I would expect the track to cut and whatever the classification I think it will run a little slower due to wear and tear. The track has had a lot of races in recent months.

I am very happy with how the Nature Strip barrier draw has developed.

At The Everest last year and at The Shorts a few weeks ago we drew inside Eduardo and he ran out of us and crossed.

This time we have retired in 10 so I can run our own race and not worry about what those inside us are doing. I think it is a huge plus for the Nature Strip.

He has been relaxing wonderfully in this preparation and in the past, that has been half the battle with him.

When you conserve your energy and travel the last 600m, there are not many that can pass you.

He has had the most brilliant preparation he has ever had, he has been impeccable and Chris (Waller) is a great final coach.

This preparation has prepared him to produce a performance like the one he did at TJ (Smith) in April, when he was third as on Saturday.

Fair play if something can happen to him. If he gets hit on Saturday it’s a case that he just wasn’t good enough that day, he got hit by a better horse, no excuses.

But I don’t think that is the case. I think on Saturday we will see the Nature Strip in beast mode.

Of the others in the race, if the track had a (soft) six or better, I think there are six chances, the others being Classique Legend, Eduardo, Gytrash, Trekking and Home Affairs.

If it was a seven (soft) or worse, cut it to three. Eduardo and Gytrash are the other two.

As good as Classique Legend is, I think first of all, difficult conditions, good luck.

If Classique Legend surpasses us, he is the best sprinter in the world, totally ready.

The horse that I am riding in the Sydney Stakes, Signore Fox would not have been out of place on the Everest course if it was dry on Saturday and that is my concern with him.

He has given me the best feeling in his two rehearsals and I think he’s going better than ever, but the track may be a bit smoother than he likes.

Shared Ambition is a horse that knocks on the door. He is a good honest gallop who will take another look at the Craven Plate.

I like this Fangirl filly at the Reginald Allen.

There are good raps from the stable, unlucky on their first starts and then on the last time.

She is a prospect.

My ride on The Kosciuszko is a horse named Spiranac. It has a practical shape and it would not be a complete surprise.

They gave me the green light to go to Melbourne on Thursday to ride Zaaki next week and, looking back at his career at Caulfield, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to see before hitting the Cox Plate, but for some reason it has been a race. cemetery. Through the years.

Think back a few years, the Winx was not your dominant self there winning that very race before her second victory at Cox Plate and Russia’s Camelot was defeated on a short date last year and then she was the first Australian home at Cox Plate.

Zaaki didn’t look comfortable from the moment he left the gates, but I’m sure it will turn out to be nothing more than a bump in the road.

Penrith was also defeated in the first week of the final, wasn’t he?

Good luck Saturday and go to the Nature Strip.

Originally posted as James McDonald’s Column: Barrier and wet track prepare Everest for Nature Strip


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