Lot 1288 is a half sister to Fire Jet by Dalghar entered in the Festival Sale, Karaka 5th February, 2017. She's an absolutely stunning filly. Her dam Rave Review is back in foal to Dalghar.
Accomplished sprinter Natuzzi capped a dream day for Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams and Paul Richards at Ellerslie this afternoon when he made a welcome return to winning form in the Gr. 3 JA Russell Ltd Concorde Handicap.
The Williams-Richards team had already won with Marciano, Night’s Watch and Symphonic, and Natuzzi made it four winners out of six races. For good measure, his highly promising stablemate Fire Jet picked up his first black-type placing with a close third.
“The team’s flying,” Peter Williams said. “It’s been great. Four winners today, and we also won the last race at Ellerslie last Saturday so it’s five out of the last seven. For Natuzzi to win and Fire Jet to run such a huge race as well is great. All of our staff do such a great job.”
A common phrase in racing is that class is permanent, and Natuzzi proved that point when he emphatically broke a year-long winning drought this afternoon.
The Coats Choice gelding last won a race on December 12 last year when he took out the Listed J Swap Contractors Sprint at Te Rapa. He had started six times since then, placing in the Gr. 1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day but unplaced in all five subsequent starts.
Today the eight-year-old was right back at his brilliant best, storming home from a near-impossible position to grab Irish Moon in the shadows of the finish line and score by a neck. Fire Jet was another head away in third.
Raced by Mosgiel couple Bill and Sandra Duell, Natuzzi has now had 40 starts for 11 wins, 10 placings. Today’s win took his prize-money earnings past the $500,000 barrier. He cost just $9,000 at a South Island mixed bloodstock sale in 2010.
This was Natuzzi’s sixth stakes win, having previously claimed the Listed Southland Guineas at Invercargill, two runnings of the Lightning Handicap at Trentham, the Newmarket Handicap at Ellerslie and the J Swap Contractors Sprint.
“He’s a very good horse and we’re so happy for his connections that he’s won again today,” Williams said. “He’d been doing well in the last six weeks and we were very happy with him.
“He’s just a hard horse to place with the weights he’s had to carry. Having Ryan Mark in the field today really helped him and he had 58 kilograms.
“He’s nominated for the Railway again, but we’ll just wait and see how he does before we commit to it.”