Group 1 trainer Adam Trinder will keep Mystic Journey’s options open in a quest for back-to-back $5m All Star Miles.
The boom four-year-old mare will contest the Sky Stakes at Launceston on January 27 and Thomas Lyon Stakes on Launceston Cup Day in February, before plans are set in stone for the March 14 All Star Mile at Caulfield.
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Mystic Journey with trainer Adam Trinder at her Flemington stables before the Cox Plate.Source:News Corp Australia
Mystic Journey is already back in work less than six weeks after running fifth in the Cox Plate.
The $3.7 million earner pocketed the Thomas Lyon this year before icing a blistering three-year-old campaign with the Australian Guineas and All Star Mile double.
“We’ll have a look how she goes through, whether she runs in a Futurity or Blamey if the timing’s right,” Trinder said.
“She obviously won the Guineas third-up (this year), so it’s a template that’s worked quite well.”
Trinder said the drop in trip to the world’s richest mile suited Mystic Journey better despite gutsy efforts at 2000m in the spring, when fifth in both the Turnbull Stakes and Cox Plate.
“I just feel she finds herself a little bit close (to her limit) over the 2000m at that elite class and probably just left wanting a little bit,” Trinder said.
“She can be four or five pairs back and build (into the race), I think it works a little bit better for her.”
Mystic Journey firmed from $11 to $8 with TAB to be equal favourite for the All Star Mile alongside Kolding ($8) and New Zealand superstar Melody Belle ($8).
Nominations for the All Star Mile close on January 9, with voting to decide the top-10 runners starting on January 16.
Anthony Darmanin guides Mystic Journey to victory in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.Source:AAP
Racing Victoria will complete the expanded 15-horse field with up to five wildcards — to be confirmed by March 2.
The winners of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Group 2 Blamey Stakes will be guaranteed slots in the All Star Mile as “win and you’re in” features.
New Zealand residents will be eligible to vote in Racing Victoria’s four-week poll — a boost for Kiwi superstar Melody Belle and Te Akau Shark.
Mystic Journey takes out the All-Star Mile in March. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“We couldn’t get her into the All Star Mile off the vote last year,” Trinder said.
“She had to win her way in, which if we have to do again we’ll have to do again, but we’d be disappointed if she didn’t command a lot of votes through the attention she’s received.”
Racing Victoria introduced new minimum performance criteria this year in a bid to assemble the best of the best milers.
Mystic Journey won the Thomas Lyon at Mowbray this year before icing a blistering three-year-old campaign with the Australian Guineas and All Star Mile double.Source:News Corp Australia
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Chief handicapper Greg Carpenter welcomed the nominations.
“It will be intriguing to see the tactics adopted this time by trainers and owners,” Carpenter said.
“Whether they nominate several horses from their stables or take a more targeted approach.”
Originally published asTrinder maps a repeat All Star journey
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