OUTSTANDING two-year-old filly Mystic Journey will tackle the state’s two most prestigious juvenile events next month following her impressive track record-breaking victory in the Alfa Bowl in Launceston on Wednesday night.
The Adam Trinder-trained filly will take on the best youngsters in the $100,000 Elwick Stakes in Hobart on February 11 and then tackle the $100,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes in Launceston on February 28.
Mystic Journey made use of her inside barrier (1) to lead but she was given no peace by Gee Gee Wynett that raced on her outside to the home turn.
But no sooner had Gee Gee Wynett dropped off, first starter Our Long Sali emerged to challenge and when that filly’s run ended the heavily backed Gee Gee Secondover ($2.60) with Craig Newitt aboard emerged from the pack to give chase.
But again Mystic Journey found another gear and drew clear to win comfortably and she also established a new track record clocking 1.03.52 over the 1100-metre trip to erase the previous best of 1.03.60 set by Geegees Doublejay.
Darmanin was impressed with the filly’s ability to tough it out after being harassed for most of the race.
“To be honest I didn’t think we were going that quick so it surprised me that they said she’d broken the track record that was held by a quality open class sprinter (Geegees Doublejay),” Darmanin said.
“But on reflection she did zip along. She always had the race in her keeping, even when they came at her in the straight.
“The filly’s two biggest assets are her speed and courage and that’s what enables her to be good at both ends of the race.”
Trinder said the latest effort had vindicated his assessment of the filly and that provided she stays sound and on top of her game she would progress as planned.