Massimiliano Narduzzi marks his successful venture in the PA sphere via Zamer


Massimiliano Narduzzi marks his successful venture in the PA sphere via Zamer

Italian national Massimiliano Narduzzi celebrated his first PA Group win as a breeder via Zamer (Nizam) – now trained by Thomas Fourcy – in the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA) at Toulouse on October 24th. He also trained the colt at the beginning of his career in Italy before selling him to Al Shahania.

On the other side of the Alps, Massimiliano Narduzzi (Scuderia Clodia) is a familiar name in the Anglo-Arabian milieu. His French forays with this particular breed have resulted in big race wins for Chimera Da Clodia (Bombolino) and Bosilvia Da Clodia (Bombolino), with both taking the Grand Prix des Pouliches (the equivalent of the Prix de Diane for the breed) at Tarbes, in addition to snaring another coveted prize, the Prix Omnium, following the win of Bonbon (Bombolino). The latter, now a stallion, has, in turn, sired the Prix de la Fédération

winner Imperatore da Clodia (Bonbon). Regarding the PA sphere, he currently trains Amour (Filindeu), whose six wins include a Listed race triumph at Chilivani, Sardinia. Massimiliano Narduzzi oversees the running of thalassotherapy treatment centre for horses... and is also involved in preparing horses for palios – local horse races of medieval origin –:  "The best known palio is the Siena version but there are many others. It's requires a special kind of training. Anglo-Arabian horses often run in them. I started out 20 years ago. Palios are a very important sport in Italy. A lot of enthusiasm revolves around these events and it has since become very professional."

Zamer’s tale

"I have been racing in Italy for 25 years, especially Anglo-Arabians. I acquired a PA mare, Iviolada de Zamaglia (Veinard Al Maury) privately from an owner, who had bought her in Sardinia from Luigi Comida. I liked her pedigree very much, given her very interesting French and Sardinian bloodlines. She was a mare reputed to be difficult to get in-foal. After a seven year period in which she was barren, the mare produced Madjani (Tidjani) for me. Zamer then came along. He’s a son of Nizam (Amer), a stallion with a very proven track record, and whose progeny have performed at the highest level. He was clearly the best PA stallion available at that time in Italy. From the outset, Zamer showed himself to be something out of the ordinary. He won five races on the bounce in Italy. I subsequently received an offer from Al Shahania... In the Gr1 PA race at Saint-Cloud, he didn't run well. Although it must be said that changing stables is often unsettling for a horse. To go from a small stable to a big yard, such as the Thomas Fourcy one, requires a period of adaptation.

He showed his true mettle at Toulouse. To win a Group race in France is a great satisfaction. They are high level affairs. I currently have ten PA mares in Italy, some of which are partnership arrangements. Factoring the Anglo-Arabians and the English thoroughbreds out of the equation, I don't wish to have any more. I would rather bank on increasing the quality."