Mazu Ripe To Turn Tables On Giga Kick As Tim Clark Takes Reins In Doomben 10000

By Trenton Akers –

Mazu is attempting to win back to back Doomben 10,000s. Image: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography

Put a line through Mazu’s below-par performance in a “ridiculous” All Aged Stakes last month.

That is the advice from co-trainer Paul Snowden as his stable star guns for back-to-back Group 1 Doomben 10,000’s this weekend.

Stepping up to 1400m for the first time against the likes of Giga Kick and Zaaki, Snowden, who trains in partnership with his father Peter, said Mazu was brought undone by a hot speed.

Even with Mazu meeting Giga Kick again, in what will be one of the strongest Doomben 10,000’s in recent history, Snowden said he is bullish of turning the tables on The Everest winner in the Sunshine State. 

Connections have also opted for a jockey change, with Tim Clark replacing Sam Clipperton, who was in the saddle for his last win in the Doomben 10,000 last year. 

While he was beaten six lengths in the All Aged, running Giga Kick and I Wish I Win to within a length in the TJ SmithStakes over 1200m puts him right in the contest at Doomben on Saturday, Snowden believes. 

“The All Aged was over 1400m, we are back to 1200m now and we used our horse up in his first time over the longer trip (All Aged Stakes) off an aggressive speed,” he said.

Paul Snowden is confident of turning the tables on Giga Kick. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty Images.

“It was ridiculous how fast they went in that All Aged, that’s why it dragged all the backmarkers into it, the tempo was far too great. 

“It is a completely different set up this time around, he did win this race last year. 

“More importantly if the horse wasn’t going good enough, he wouldn’t be going there, so he is in good shape.”

With Godolphin set to have a three-pronged attack in the race in the form of Aft Cabin, Paulele and Vilana along with the likes of Overpass, Eduardo and Zoustyle, there will be no shortage of speed. 

While Mazu won the race after it was moved to Eagle Farm last year, Snowden said barriers will play more of a role back at Doomben. 

“Barriers will play a major role, the numbers will probably creep up a bit so gates will come into it,” he said. 

“This is it for him up here, one run then he will be back out (spelling) because it is a long time to be out for a horse that is in good order.”

Mazu is rated a $8 third favourite with TAB, behind Giga Kick ($1.90) and Aft Cabin ($6).