The Peter and Paul Snowden stable is set to smash the $100m prizemoney barrier if Mazu and Mirra Vision can snare a feature race double across two states on Saturday.
Boom sprinter Mazu is favourite for the Group 1 $1m Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Eagle Farm and Mirra Vision among the main chances in the Group 3 $200,000 Arrowfield Dark Jewel Classic (1200m) at the Scone stand-alone meeting.
The father and son training partnership was formed in 2013 and in less than a decade, they have prepared more than 1050 winners including 16 at Group 1 and another 89 stakes races for stable earnings of $99.39m.
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Trainers Peter (right) and Paul Snowden are chasing feature races win at Eagle Farm and Scone on Saturday. Picture: AAP
Team Snowden has prepared a succession of elite gallopers during this period including dual The Everest winner Redzel, Golden Slipper hero Capitalist, and the likes of Wild Ruler, Pride Of Dubai, King’s Legacy, Shooting To Win, Russian Revolution and Dame Giselle.
Mazu, raced by Michael and Chris Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications, is shaping as the next outstanding racehorse to emerge from the Snowden stable production line after a brilliant, undefeated four-start Sydney autumn campaign that culminated with his win in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint during The Championships at Royal Randwick.
The young sprinter has been so impressive that earlier this week slot-holders Arrowfield and The Star selected the gelding as their runner for the $15 million The TAB Everest for two years.
Mazu can enhance his Everest claims and reputation as the most exciting sprinter in Australian racing by breaking through at Group 1 level in the Doomben 10,000.
Champion trainer Peter Snowden said Mazu has “done everything right” heading into his Group 1 test at Eagle Farm.
“Mazu is ticking over really well,” Snowden said.
“He was good in his barrier trial the other day, he produced a nice piece of work last Saturday and his gallop on Tuesday was excellent.
“The only thing is Eagle Farm can be a funny track. Doomben is a Heavy 12 and Eagle Farm is a Soft 6 but the water is in the ground somewhere.
Signore Fox will join stablemate Mazu in the Doomben 10,000.
“I took Exoboom up there after he won the Hawkesbury Guineas a couple of years ago and he was beaten a furlong at Eagle Farm. They have done some work on it since because some horses just weren’t racing well on that track.”
Mazu is favourite at $3 to win the Doomben 10,000 and is also at the top of betting for Kingsford-Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap in coming weeks although a decision on how deep he races this season will be made after Saturday’s Eagle Farm race.
Snowden said the long-term goal is to have Mazu at his peak for The Everest at Royal Randwick on October 15.
“The two year deal is good for us,” Snowden said.
“We can look after the horse and just concentrate on finding the right races for him.
“As a four and five-year-old it should be his best days so it’s exciting to think what the future holds for the horse.”
The Snowden stable also has Signore Fox in the Doomben 10,000 with the sprinter’s winning chances dependent on the Eagle Farm track staying in the soft range.
“Signore Fox has a better chance now the race is at Eagle Farm,” Snowden said.
“He has trialled great and is going really well but we don’t want it too wet for him.”
Snowden will be at the Scone stand-alone meeting on Saturday and is chasing his fourth win in the Dark Jewel Classic with Mirra Vision. The trainer was working for Darley when he won the race with Shannara (2011), Rio Osa (2009) and Sung (2008).
Talented mare Mirra Vision is a leading contender for the Group 3 Dark Jewel Stakes at Scone. Picture: Getty Images
Mirra Vision has been freshened since her competitive Sydney autumn campaign which included her second placing in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and a last start sixth in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes.
“We have kept Mirra Vision in work and she is nice and fresh for Scone,” Snowden said.
“She is weighted to her best (59kg) but the good draw (barrier three) is worth two lengths to her and she handles soft-heavy tracks.”
Mirra Vision is at $10 in latest TAB fixed odds betting for the Dark Jewel Classic behind the John O’Shea-trained Le Gai Soleil at $4.20.
The Snowden stable also has Hightail ($34) lining up in the Listed $140,000 Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) and Ranges ($41) in the Listed $140,000 Ortensia Stakes (1100m).
“Hightail has had some bad luck in his races but there are no expectations on him at Scone, there is good pace he will get a lovely run. We are looking for him to do something,” Snowden said.
“Ranges has only had the one trial but he went super the other day. His work had been only average but after that trial I thought we will go to the races he is going that well.
“This is a tough race but Ranges is very genuine and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran a competitive race.”
Snowden said he was hopeful of an improving Scone track rating to bring into contention Najmaty and Satin Ribbons into the Listed $140,000 Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).