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    Nature Strip, part owned by Frank Giampaolo, Craig Bennett, pictured at Ascot. Geoffrey Dumesny, Craig Garland and the late David McCluskey, claimed a five-lengths win in the 1000 metres King Stand at Royal Ascot, England. 

Nature Strip dominates at Royal Ascot

A Horsham syndicate of racehorse owners have again celebrated part ownership in the world’s best sprinter, following Australian racehorse Nature Strip’s win at Royal Ascot. 

Nature Strip, part owned by Frank Giampaolo, Craig Bennett, Geoffrey Dumesny, Craig Garland and the late David McCluskey, claimed a five-lengths win in the 1000 metres King Stand at Royal Ascot, England. 

Several racing commentators expect the Royal Ascot win to move the seven-year-old gelding even higher on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, from seventh to first, the first Australian horse to do so since Black Caviar. 

Mr Giampaolo said racehorse owners dream of results like these. 



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“It is just fantastic. I stayed up to watch it late on television live,” he said. 

“To be in it from day one with the five of us, it has been a tremendous return. 

“He has been Australian horse of the year, Victorian horse of the year, number one sprinter in the world and he will probably be the best in the world overall.”

Mr Giampaolo said while results and money made the Royal Ascot win exciting, money was not the driver of their involvement. “It is good to win, but we all really love racing, and love watching him race. He is such a placid animal and loved by everyone at his stable,” he said. 

“We think we will race in England again next year, have another go at the Kings Stand, then race the Everest again, but that might be it for him. 

“We probably won’t take him past nine-years-old, we have to look after him.”

Mr Giampaolo said if David McCluskey was still here, he would be ‘loving it’. 

“I reckon he is up there helping all this happen,” he said. 

Margaret McCluskey, Mr McCluskey’s wife, who owns David’s share of Nature Strip after he died in 2020, said it was ‘lovely’ to see her late husband’s horse claim the win. 

“When Nature Strip wins it feels like David is here, but obviously it is sad as well. My daughter and I watched it together and we had a photo of Dave here with us,” she said. 

“He loved that horse and I know Nature Strip kept him going longer than he should have, when Dave was very sick. And now I know he is up there keeping the horse going for as long as he can in return.

“We are so pleased and delighted to have this wonderful horse.”

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