Mazaz re­ally a stayer with piz­zazz

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

MAZAZ showed su­pe­rior stay­ing abil­ity in what proved an en­ter­tain­ing 2400m event at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

The Chris Waller-trained run­ner was rid­den pa­tiently by Kathy O’Hara af­ter Dusk Falls went out to a big lead on the main pack, who were made to chase from the 800m.

O’Hara and Mazaz took the lead in­side the fi­nal 200m to beat Earth An­gel by half a length with Equipped in third.

“It looked like a bit of the speed came out of the race af­ter a few scratch­ings and quite of­ten when you think there’s no speed on they clap it on for ev­ery­one,” O’Hara said.

“Plan A was to be in the first three but the speed was quick go­ing into the first cor­ner so I elected to hold a spot and not push on and, as it turned out, it was prob­a­bly a good de­ci­sion.”

Waller stable rep­re­sen­ta­tive Char­lie Duck­worth said the Galileo six-year-old ran bet­ter at home fol­low­ing a sev­enth plac­ing in Mel­bourne last start.

“I just don’t think he han­dled the Mooney Val­ley track last start and he ob­vi­ously knows the Syd­ney set-up pretty well,” he said. “It was a good, solid stay­ing per­for­mance but he’s got good Euro­pean blood­lines and he’ll stay on and win an­other one, I’m sure.”

Kathy O’Hara on Mazaz.

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