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Melbourne Features In Sight For Natuzzi
Byerley Park trainer Paul Richards reports his talented sprinter Natuzzi (Coats Choice) has come through his fifth placing in the Listed March Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in fine fettle and his Melbourne campaign is set to continue, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He over-raced quite a bit and I guess when you consider he finished only three and a half lengths from the winner it wasn't a bad effort," Richards said. Based at the Cranbourne stable of Bevan Laming, Richards will consider a Gr1 start for the six-year-old gelding. "We're yet to make a decision which way he will head but the William Reid or the Victoria Handicap are the likely options," Richards said. "With a number of the better sprinters heading for Sydney it will be interesting to see what targets the William Reid. Statistically his best trip is 1200m and he seems to settle better with more pace on over the shorter distance." The Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) will be run at Moonee Valley on March 27, while the Gr3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) is a week later at Caulfield.