Nature Strip (Image: Racing Photos)
At her first ride on the horse, Jamie Kah urged Nature Strip to produce a memorable first-up performance when he produced a near perfect 1000-metre straight performance in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
It was Kah’s fourth Group 1 win and registered yet another Melbourne treble for the city’s leading rider as Nature Strip ran clear inside the final 300 metres and then held off a startling finishing from the Coolmore Stud Stakes winner of last spring September Run to score narrowly.
Kah only won the ride when James McDonald opted to stay in Sydney to ride Verry Elleegant but she handled the sometimes wayward super sprinter brilliantly.
"He’s just unbelievable," an emotional Kah said. "What a horse."