Pride Searching For Third 10,000

Sydney-based trainer Joe Pride is eyeing off the third Group 1 Doomben 10,000 victory of his career, as he will field two runners in the field of nine on Saturday.

Mazu, who claimed the weight-for-age race honors in 2022 when trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, drew barrier eight of nine and is coming off a win in his most recent start, the G3 Hall Mark Stakes.

“Mazu’s win last time was very good and he should roll forward and get into a good spot and hopefully run a cheeky race,” said Pride.

However, it is six-year-old gelding Private Eye who Pride believes is his best route to success on Saturday.

“On their head-to-head, I’d have to favour Private Eye,” Pride said.

The 2021 Epsom winner ran an impressive third in last month’s G1 All Aged Stakes despite drawing barrier 10 of 13 on a Heavy track.

“I thought Private Eye’s run in the All Aged was terrific as he doesn’t like the Heavy,” Pride said.

“He normally only has short preparations, but he’s had four so far and has stood up.”

Running from barrier six on Saturday, the gelding appears on the second line of betting, suggesting there is hope from punters that the six-year-old will collect his second G1.


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