Snowden’s target Doomben 10,000 with exciting sprinter after breakout Autumn campaign

Trainer Peter Snowden is banking on MAZU breaking through at Group 1 level in Brisbane to secure his place in the $15 million The TAB Everest later this year.

Mazu raced through the Sydney autumn carnival undefeated from four starts, culminating with his impressive win in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint at Royal Randwick on Day Two of The Championships.

Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, is aware of some “Everest noise” around boom three-year-old Mazu.

“There has been some talk about a slot for him,” Snowden said.

“If he can win (a Group 1 race) in Brisbane it will make the decision easier for anyone looking at him.

“Three-year-olds don’t get much of a hand at weight-for-age that late in the season.

“But if he is going to be the horse we are hoping he is going to be, he needs to beat them.

“If we can tick that box in Brisbane we will know where we are heading after that.”

Peter (right) and Paul Snowden have a Group 1 goal for Mazu during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Picture: AAP Image
Peter (right) and Paul Snowden have a Group 1 goal for Mazu during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Picture: AAP Image

Snowden confirmed Mazu, raced by Michael and Chris Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications, is being aimed at the Group 1 $1 million Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben on May 14.

Mazu is the $3.80 early TAB Fixed Odds favourite for the Doomben 10,000 ahead of Big Parade, Isotope and Rothfire at $8.

“He has had a little freshen up and we brought him back into the stables on Friday,” Snowden said.

“The horse looks great, very fresh and very well. He will have one trial into the Doomben 10,000.

“We will see what happens from there but we might even go to the Stradbroke Handicap.

PETER SNOWDEN

“He’s settling better in his races now and 1400m is definitely on the cards for him.”

Team Snowden has already won The Everest twice with Redzel and are keen to get Mazu to the world’s richest turf race at Royal Randwick on October 15.

Mazu is currently on the second line of betting for The Everest at $9 alongside Classique Legend, Eduardo and Home Affairs behind the defending champ and Royal Ascot-bound Nature Strip at $4.

By Ray Thomas

Mazu and Sam Clipperton win the $1m Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint in fine style – Bruno Cannatelli