Mazu could follow Wild Ruler’s route to The Everest

The Everest slot-holders are circling after Mazu completed an unbeaten autumn with victory in the Arrowfield Sprint at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The son of Maurice was gelded this preparation and has turned from rogue to a focused sprinter emerging to take on the old guard of Nature Strip and Eduardo.

“We won this race with Wild Ruler last year and he got to the Everest, and you can now start thinking about those races,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.

“The plan for the preparation was to win this race, and he did the job beating a group 1 winner there. His time will come in those group 1 races and he is just going to get better.

“He’s got that ability to absorb pressure, and we all know how good an asset that can be at the top level, especially one race in particular [The Everest]. When he can absorb pressure like that and kick off the back of it and respond, that’s a very good attribute to have.”

Mazu ($2.70) sat to the outside of In The Congo ($2.45 fav) into the straight and then powered away from him to win by 1¼ lengths, with Paulele ($3.60) another two lengths back in third.

Sam Clipperton, who was in the saddle for the Fireball Quality and Darby Munro Stakes as well as the Arrowfield Sprint, feels the best is in front of Mazu.

“I think we’ve got a serious horse on our hands and there’s a race in October [The Everest] that comes to mind that he may just end up in because he’s certainly good enough,”

SAM CLIPPERTON

“There is still something left in the tank with him, and I’m looking forward to the next year with him.”

By Chris Roots & Adam Pengilly – Sydney Morning Herald

Sam Clipperton guides Maza to an impressive victory in the $1m Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint – Bradley Photos