Dean Nazzari A Stable To Follow by The Gurkha
The 2012 season is shaping as a watershed year for Dean Nazzari who trained the first winning double for the season at the previous meeting.
Nazzari has been helped in his conquests by joining forces with owners Martin Epis and Ron Harper and the new partnership has seen his stable size increase from around three to 12 horses for this season.
Bells Victory and the impressive former NSW trained galloper Brother Patrick made it three wins for the season, after Hiatus won his second career race at the opening meeting.
Brother Patrick was formerly trained by Paul Messara in Scone and is superbly bred, being by the now defunct champion European sire Anabaa out of the former Boulder Cup winning race mare Sister Patricia.
The cleverly named Brother Patrick has developed an imposing race record of 15 starts, four wins and five placing’s and over $86,000 in prize money earnings.
“Martin and Ron came to me last year wanting to invest heavily in a potential Kalgoorlie Cup winner.” Nazzari told The Gurkha “I persuaded them to spread their risk and we decided on finding six or seven horses for the same price.”
Nazzari tracked down a source off the internet and through Paul Messara the trainer of recent dual Group 1 winning mare Ortensia; he has hit gold with the purchase of some well-bred young horses at decent prices.
“Paul has been very professional to deal with. They have a policy of selling off their geldings if they are not first grade and so far it is looking good for us.”
The win of Brother Patrick to come from near last to win going away for young apprentice Mitchell Pateman in the Radiowest Handicap 1200 metres, could not have been more impressive and the the gelding looks destined for more Goldfields wins this season.
Bells Victory improved from his good first up second to Massivo at the opening meeting to just hold out the late finish from Maradiego to win the www.kbrc.com.au Maiden for promising apprentice Ned Colbeck.
The former Kath Fleming trained galloper has shown a great liking for the Kalgoorlie track and should win more races throughout the season.
Hiatus by Exceed And Excel from the Brief Truce mare Pause is also well bred, being a full brother to the smart Sydney filly Double Ranga.
He led all of the way to score for Ned Colbeck at the opening meeting, holding off a determined charge from Holy Sandgroper with a big gap to Black Tycoon in third place in the Worldbase Concrete Cartage Handicap.
“He looks a nice horse with plenty of early speed. He fought on well to win last start and to my eye he has improved again in his work at home.”
Nazzari is enjoying having well-bred stock in the back yard and concedes that upgrading the breeding of your horses, should lead to an upgrade in your strike rate.
“I’ve had some good horses over the years. Glastonbury Tor was a city winner for me but he unfortunately died after a twisted bowel operation. Parbo was another with amazing talent but he had to be retired with multiple bone chips in his knee.”
The tactic of using the claim of good apprentices in Kalgoorlie appears to be paying dividends for Nazzari with Coldbeck and Pateman riding his three winners this season.
“I would say that over the years, apprentices have ridden around 90% of the winners I’ve trained. They are always keen to listen and to get the advantage of less weight helps in the close finishes.”
The Nazzari team will look to be at almost full strength at the ANZAC Day meeting with Brother Patrick, Bells Victory, Hiatus and Stellar Choice a good last start third to Aylesford all set to race well.
“All of the team are working well and hopefully we get some good luck on ANZAC Day.” Nazzari concluded.