Nature Strip’s part-owner Rod Lyons says the Group 1-winning sprinter will not wear earmuffs again and will be immediately spelled after his fourth IN Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Nature Strip, who has had five trainers throughout his 16-start career, won the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at his previous start but missed the break and was trapped wide in Saturday’s contest.
“It all went pretty pear shaped when he was half slow out of the gates,” Lyons said.
“Speaking with James McDonald and Chris Waller yesterday, maybe the ear muffs worked too well?
“I think the experiment with those will be over. But James said even though he was a little slow out of the barriers, he didn’t muster like he usually does and then he was stuck three-wide.”