Nature Strip’s King’s Stand win is the best by an Aussie at Royal Ascot

Nature Strip’s dominant victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot ranks as one of the greatest international performances in the modern-era.Nature Strip’s demolition job of the best northern hemisphere sprinters in the King’s Stand Stakes was the best win by an Australian-trained racehorse at Royal Ascot.This might seem an outlandish statement but Nature Strip’s four-and-a-half length win was so complete, so dominant.In fact, Nature Strip’s effort rates up there with the greatest international wins by an Australian-trained galloper in the modern era.The only comparable effort was the “Grey Flash” Chautauqua’s unbelievable last-to-first effort to win the 2016 Chairman’s Sprint Prize in Hong Kong.In the fullness of time, Nature Strip’s runaway Royal Ascot romp is destined to be remembered as one of the most extraordinary wins by an Australian racehorse overseas and mentioned alongside the legendary Phar Lap’s famous win in the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap.Nature Strip became the seventh Aussie to win at Royal Ascot, ending a 10-year drought since the invincible Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.Black Caviar was expected to win as easily as Nature Strip but she had some issues and was not at her imperious best so the record books show her winning margin was only a head on the line. The fact she was still able to win under duress was testimony to her courage and greatness.Miss Andretti broke the Royal Ascot 1000m course record to take out the 2007 King’s Stand by nearly two lengths, and Scenic Blast was a brilliant winner of the same race in 2009 – but they didn’t win with the absolute authority of Nature Strip.Choisir (2003) and Takeover Target (2006) scored famous Royal Ascot wins but they weren’t anywhere near as impressive as Nature Strip.In fact, Nature Strip probably could have won by an even greater margin if his jockey James McDonald had wanted.Nature Strip is in the best form of his career scoring his 21st win from 38 starts, his ninth at Group 1 level and took his earnings to more than $18.3 million, second only to Winx ($26.4 million) in the all-time rankings.Father time hasn’t caught up with rising eight-year-old Nature Strip and he could eclipse Winx’s prizemoney record if he can defend his title in The Everest at Royal Randwick in October.Nature Strip’s Royal Ascot win will ensure the chestnut secures a second Australian Horse of the Year title after winning the honour in 2019-20.Finally, the impact Nature Strip had on the English press and racegoers was profound.Their unbeaten superstar Baaeed opened Royal Ascot with a consummate win in the Queen Anne Stakes and Godolphin’s crack colt Coroebus claimed the St James’s Palace Stakes but by the end of the day there was only one horse everyone was talking about – Nature Strip.Originally published as Sprint King’s victory rates as the best Aussie performance at Royal Ascot