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ATC to confirm Nature Strip for Everest

Nature Strip is expected to be confirmed as the Australian Turf Club’s runner in the $13 million Everest.

The Darren Weir-trained four-year-old set a Moonee Valley 1000m-record of 56.95 seconds in Saturday’s McEwan Stakes.

The sprinter has had 11 starts for eight wins and two minor placings with the Group Two McEwan his most significant victory.

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The ATC and managing owner Rod Lyons are expected to finalise details on Monday leaving one slot to be filled.

A group headed by Max Whitby and Neil Werrett originally had Menari as their representative but the four-year-old suffered an injury in training and has been retired to stud.

Last year’s inaugural Everest winner Redzel is the $5 favourite to defend his title on October 13 with Nature Strip an $8 chance in the TAB’s market.

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