WELL-BRED three-year-old filly Mystic Spirit broke her maiden status with a narrow but impressive win in the Scott Brunton Maiden over 1600 metres.
Mystic Spirit had produced eye-catching efforts at her three previous outings but this time she was given the run of the race by Bulent Muhcu, who had her settled fourth with cover before easing out three-wide to make her run, but she had cover to the home turn.
Once balanced at the top of the home straight the filly let down well and went on to score by a neck from Westwood, looming to win half-way up the home straight with Pelagia a head away third in advance of race leader Country Way.
“We bought her at the Adelaide Magic Millions sale with the hope she might develop into an Oaks filly but she didn’t come on early enough,” Trinder said.
“But she is giving the impression now that she will appreciate getting over ground so I will step her up to 2100 metres before she heads to the paddock.
“I thought she was strong on the line over the 1600 metres tonight so we look to stretching her out in distance with more confidence that he had late last year.”