Triple Crown Aims to Scale Everest for a Third Time

The name Triple Crown is synonymous with the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest. That is thanks to the fact that Australia’s leading syndicator, Triple Crown Syndications, famously went back-to-back and won the the first two editions of the life changing race with Redzel. Tomorrow, they will be lining up with a live chance in the $15m The Everest for a remarkable fourth time in the race’s six year history. This time with Australia’s most exciting young sprinter, Mazu and in The Star/Arrowfield slot.

Chris Ward, Mazu & Michael Ward at Inglis after purchasing Mazu from Parsons Creek

There are some striking similarities between both Redzel and Mazu. Firstly, the Champion Sprinter Redzel was selected and purchased by Triple Crown’s Michael & Chris Ward (for $120,000) as was Mazu (for $180,000). Both horses showed tremendous talent from the word go, winning on debut in the Autumn of their two-year-old year. They both went on to stakes grade races and performed very well without stamping themselves as truely elite due to them both being a little head strong. “They both just wanted to do things in a bit of a hurry and didn’t fully relax and it showed in their racing manners” said Chris Ward. “Both were gelded and from that point their careers starting on an upward trajectory, culminating in the both winning the Group 1 Doomben 10000 leading into their first Everest campaign.”

“The main difference is that Mazu is doing it all about 12 months ahead of what Redzel did. We believe Mazu has a big future ahead and will be peaking in the next 12-24 months” commented Ward.

Mazu’s trainers, Peter & Paul Snowden go into tomorrow’s feature race with a lot of confidence that Mazu will lay down a peak performance for the preparation. They have been slowly building him towards a crescendo just as they did with Redzel a few years ago. The Triple Crown and Snowden Racing team acknowledge some luck is required after Mazu drew barrier 11 in the spectacular drone barrier draw on Sydney’s harbour. If he gets that luck the team believes a top three finish is very much in his grasp but whatever he does, look out in 2023’s The Everest for which he has already secured a slot.

Mazu draws barrier 11 in the Sydney Skyline

It goes without saying but a victory in tomorrow’s $15m The Everest would be a life changing experience for Mazu’s owners. “we have a fantastic group of owners in this horse” Ward said. “They come from all walks of life and from all different parts of Australia. We have his breeder (Parsons Creek) along with a couple of farmers, doctors, office workers, an entrepreneur and a chimney sweep. We have them all and they are such fun to race with and obviously all share the same passion. Many great friendships have been made off the back of this wonderful horse.”

“Gee I hope he can win it tomorrow. We are fortunate enough to know what it’s like to win an Everest and we would love to share that experience with this bunch of owners. Either way, it’s going to be one hell of an experience and I can’t wait.”

Michael & Chris Ward lift The Everest trophy with their Redzel owners in 2017. Photo: Bradley Photos