Hansen eyes Everest-World Cup double

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on Sydney as he gets his side ready for their quarter final World Cup match against Ireland on Saturday.

Hansen shares in the ownership of the Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip, who will contest the A$14 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“It’s a highlight to have a horse running in a race like The Everest but there’s not a lot I can do,” he said.

“I can’t ride him, I can’t carry him, I can’t train him – so it’s just a matter of sitting back and enjoying that for what it is.”

Nature Strip will jump from the outside barrier in the 12 horse field and has been installed as a $26 winning chance by TAB bookmakers.

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