Tasmania-based Mystic Journey (by Needs Further) showed her mainland rivals a clean set of heels when posting an authoritative win in the $200,000, Group 2, Aquis Farm Fillies Classic (1600m) on Saturday’s feature race program at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.
A Listed Race winner over 1400 metres at Caulfield at her previous outing, the talented filly took the step up in distance and class in her stride, improving on her midfield position at the 600-metre mark before taking charge of the race at the top of the straight and winning with a good bit up her sleeve on her rivals.
A conspicuous last during the early stages, El Dorado Dreaming (by Ilovethiscity) made a sustained run from the tail of the field to claim third place.
The margins of the race were two-and-a-quarter lengths by a neck, the winning time 1m35.40s (last 600m in 36.69s).
Speaking after the success, winning trainer Adam Trinder declared: “She was fantastic.
“She was very dynamic as a sprinting filly. She was an 1100-metre record holder as a two-year-old, which is unheard of. But she was bred to get a trip and now she’s getting out to a trip, and if she can get an easy mid-race sectional, she’s just fantastic late.”
Trinder added: “She was strong and solid through the line. It’s easy to say after the fact, but whilst she was three-deep without cover, she continued to build into the race and I grew in confidence the more they went.
“We bypassed the Group 1 [Thousand Guineas], but we’re more than satisfied with the Group 2 on Cox Plate day.
“I think we’ll go to the paddock now. She’s done enough and we don’t want to get to the bottom of her. [Owner] Wayne Roser wants her to race on as a five-year-old mare… so we’ll look to go to the paddock and come back in the autumn.”
Mystic Journey was ridden with aplomb by leading Tasmania-based jockey Anthony Darmanin who claimed after the victory: "It wasn’t a very nice to watch, but Adam [Trinder] has done a very nice job with this filly and all credit goes to him.
“It’s definitely an amazing feeling [riding a winner on W.S. Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley], and I’ve got to thank Adam and all the connections for sticking by me.”
Mystic Journey was returned at the starting price of $3.20 favourite, the runner-up Fundamentalist at $9.00, and the minor placegetter El Dorado Dreaming at $6.00.
Raced by Mr WG Roser, Mystic Journey has now won six of her nine race starts, amassing $317,350 in prize money.
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