Leading trainer Chris Waller is likely to split his The Everest runners Nature Strip and Haut Brion Her between Sydney and Melbourne with the lucrative Yes Yes Yes Stakes bonus set to keep the latter closer to home.
Waller confirmed both horses have returned to his Rosehill stable after coming through last Saturday’s testing runs in the $15 million The Everest.
They were victims of settling too close to a ridiculous speed set by Eduardo in the rich sprint. Haut Brion Her stuck on the best of the two to finish fifth while Nature Strip was seventh.
Waller sent Nature Strip for a scope, which came back all clear, and gave his Group 1-winning son of Nicconi a quick three-day trip to the paddock after the run.
Nature Strip produced a stunning performance last year at Flemington. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
He is keen to press on to the Darley Classic with Nature Strip — a race the enigmatic sprinter dominated in last year.
“He will go to Melbourne at this stage while she is most likely to run over 1300m in the Yes Yes Yes,” Waller said.
“For her, the Yes Yes Yes is on her home track, it’s the right distance and there is big prizemoney there because she is eligible for the bonus.
“Nature Strip looks to have come back from the short break in good order so we will look to Melbourne but if there is any sign he is not right, he will go to the paddock.”
Nature Strip is rated a $5 second elect with TAB.com.au for the Darley Classic with Haut Brion Her at $15 but unlikely to run.
Haut Brion Her will be eligible for a $750,000 bonus if she wins the Yes Yes Yes Stakes as part of a Racing NSW incentive to keep the top sprinters competing in the state.
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Originally published asWhat’s next for Waller’s Everest duo?
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