Mazu

Slot Holder: The Star & Arrowfield

Breeding: Maurice-Chatelaine

Trainers: Peter & Paul Snowden

Owners: Triple Crown Syndications., Mr M De Stoop, Mr D Da Silva, Mrs V B Mossman, Mr M D Garreffa, Mr R G Edge, Ms S P Hopkins, Mr K F May, Mr G B Clark, Mr L Caminiti, Dr F McCourt, Mr A J Prince, Dr M Healy, Mr M L Spilstead

Jockey: Sam Clipperton

Prizemoney: $1,755,850

Career: 11-7:0:1

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In a first for the TAB Everest, rising star Mazu has been secured to run in the $15m sprint classic in both 2022 and 2023 by slot holders The Star and Arrowfield Stud.

Mazu went unbeaten through the autumn, his first campaign since he was gelded with five wins including a dominant win over Golden Rose winner In The Congo in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) and his first Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have climbed the mountain before, twice, with Redzel in 2017 and 2018 and Mazu has already been spoken about in similar terms with his on-pace style, wet track prowess and his emergence since being gelded.

“It’s a great result, we’re really excited about it,’’ Peter Snowden said.

“He’s earned it. He has the runs on the board so far.

“It’s good to know this early, we can lock in a program as to what we are going to do and really aim up at the race. I’m really rapt, we’re lucky to get another opportunity.

“They are good slot holders and it is a pleasure to be a part of it again.”

Arrowfield boss John Messara said the two-year deal gives Mazu’s owners and trainers the leeway needed to develop the horse over the next 18 months into the star sprinter he appears destined to be.

Such has been the impact of his winning streak, despite not meeting the likes of defending champ Nature Strip as yet, when selected Mazu was $8 second favourite for the TAB Everest run at Randwick on October 16.

“While it’s generally a bit early to make a commitment for The Everest, I feel Mazu is a versatile young sprinter on a strong upward trajectory and we feared missing him by waiting any longer,’’ Messara said.

“It’s also an advantage that (Triple Crown’s) Chris and Michael Ward and Peter and Paul Snowden have already prepared Redzel to win two consecutive Everests, so they know exactly what is required.

“Securing Mazu now with a two-year commitment allows Triple Crown and the Snowdens to focus on managing him for maximum results across multiple campaigns.”