Ragazzo Rounds Them Up

Ragazzo Rounds Them Up

Bruce Stewart

10th October 2020.

Ragazzo Mach lived up to the big rap his connections always give him when he delivered in emphatic style at Ascot Park today.

The Mach Three colt had won three workouts and two trials so was well prepped for his debut.

From a wide draw Ragazzo Mach was forced wide early for trainer driver Nathan Williamson.

“He was a wee bit funny off the gate but he’s never been off the mobile before,” he said.

Williamson settled the colt into a nice rhythm before spearing him forward in the back straight, taking the lead and shaking off a mid-race challenge from Tac Mac.

From that point Williamson dictated the terms and he went down to the line to win by six lengths.

“He’s a pretty laid back customer but he knows he’s had a race today.”

The winning time was 2-41.4 with the last 400 metres cut out in 27.2.

In full flight. Ragazzo Mach winning for Nathan Williamson-Photo Bruce Stewart.

Returning after win number one – Photo Bruce Stewart.

Nathan Williamson, Ragazzo Mach and Neville Cleaver – Photo Bruce Stewart

The colt has been earmarked for the $30,000 Group Three Diamond Creek Farm Classic at Ascot Park on Thursday 29th October but they could also look at a Sires Stakes Heat at Addington.

“He’s nominated but we’ll just have a think about it. It’s a different level of racing up there when you haven’t had that experience.”

Ragazzo Mach was bought by Riverton fisherman Neville Cleaver at the 2019 sales for $60,000. He’s a half-brother to the useful RR Sand Dollar, the winner of seven races, and Cast No Shadow the winner of eight in New Zealand and one in Australia.

“I had Onedin Mach and this colt was the last of the Mach Threes. He was super to look at. I got Nathan and my vet Peter Gillespie to look at him. He ticked all the boxes. I thought I’d get him for forty thousand but someone at the sale was running me up a bit. If you want a nice horse you have to pay for it. I paid fifty for both Franco Santino and Hopes And Dreams,” Cleaver said.

And he’s excited about Ragazzo Mach’s future.

“I don’t want to be shot down in flames but I do believe he could turn out to be my best horse. Nathan won’t tell you that but I’m allowed to say that because I’m the owner.”