Sat. May 21st, 2022

An emotional Paul Snowden wiped away tears as he reflected on Mazu’s extraordinary journey from hot-headed youngster to exhilarating Group 1 star in a memorable Doomben 10,000 triumph.

Three-year-old Mazu, a winning machine, was walking in the main prints of Snowden legend Redzel who landed his first Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000 in 2017 before going on to great things including two mighty wins in The Everest.

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Mazu, wearing the same Triple Crown colors, could be cut from the same cloth but he was not a boy wonder in his early days and Snowden and his father Peter have had to work overtime.

A gelding procedure set Mazu on the path to stardom, claiming his first Group 1 as he clung on to win the Doomben 10,000 and fend off valiant Godolphin galloper Paulele.

James McDonald (Paulele) viewed the stewards patrol footage after the race after he and Mazu (Sam Clipperton) came together in the Eagle Farm straight but he elected not to lodge a protest.

Five years after Redzel’s win in the 10,000, emotions flowed freely for Paul Snowden.

“This does not happen a lot, to mend the ways and manners of a horse,” Snowden said.

“Today was the best he has ever been in his life.

“This was a horse who used to sweat at 4am in the morning going onto the track.

“His head was working and he was buzzing.

“He’s a different horse today and this is an incredible result.

“My emotion is also because we have been through some tough times during the Covid pandemic, everyone is going above and beyond.”

Mazu showed his fighting qualities in the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography

Mazu drifted from $ 2.40 to $ 3.30 in betting but the result was a bonanza for plenty of punters who backed him and also The Everest slot-holders who have signed him up for the $ 15m race for the next two years.

It marks a return to the Group 1 winners’ circle for Clipperton, who endured 14 second placings at the top level since 2016.

The former rising star of Australian racing stepped away from the sport two years ago after returning from Hong Kong, saying he needed a sabbatical to clear his mind.

Clipperton traveled with family and eventually returned to racing following a surfing trip to the Philippines.

After becoming a father last year, Clipperton was dealt a hammer blow in the spring last year when he suffered a broken jaw following a kick to the face by a horse.

The Doomben 10,000 victory puts the icing on top of what has been a sensational 2022 for the hoop, where he has again established himself as a leading rider.

“I’m coming to Brisbane to ride a Group 1 favorite and they (connections) could have got anybody and they stuck with me,” Clipperton said.

I was thinking at the 600 (meter mark), we’re in strife. He was chasing a hot speed and was out of his comfort zone.

“He really was not sure on the surface.

“It is a different heavy track, as well documented, but I just tried to pick him up as best I could and get him as far down the straight on the bridle.

“He’s just a star, this horse. He knows how to win and we’ve got a great rapport with each other. ”

Sam Clipperton with the Doomben 10,000 trophy. Picture: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography

Third-placed Kiwi sprinter Entriviere produced a big run.

“She probably took about 500m to get up on the bridle, but hit the line strong, ”jockey Opie Bosson said.

It was an extraordinary day to be racing, given southeast Queensland’s big wet which forced the transfer of the Doomben 10,000 meeting to the quick-drying and draining Eagle Farm track.

Jockeys often had to put up with substantial kickback at Eagle Farm, coming back in covered in mud, but most said it raced well enough throughout the day.

“The track is riding really well. I do not know how we’re racing today (with all the rain), ”champion hoop Nash Rawiller said, after winning the Chairman’s Handicap on Yonkers.

There was rain during falling during the running of the first seven races but it stopped just in time for the Doomben 10,000 which was raced on a Heavy 8 surface.

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