Tasmania has its first entry for next year’s All Star Mile with trainer Adam Trinder confirming that his gifted filly Mystic Journey will target the 1600-metre $5 million feature.
The daughter of Needs Further turned heads during the spring with dominant wins in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 Fillies’ Classic (1600m) at The Valley, the latter after her connections resisted the temptation to tackle the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
That Cox Plate Day performance was judged the second-best performance of the day by Vince Accardi's Daily Sectionals, surpassed only by Winx's Cox Plate-winning effort.
Trinder said the three-year-old had returned to his Spreyton stables in fantastic order and, while the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) will be her immediate aim in Melbourne, he is keen to see Tasmanian racing fans and participants rally around the filly when All Star Mile voting opens to the public on January 21.
“She had three weeks in the paddock and she’s back in the stable at the moment, she had her second little piece of pace work this morning,” Trinder said.
“She stayed in work for two weeks after her win at Moonee Valley and we did contemplate running in the Sandown Guineas, but we aborted plans there because it was going to be a tight turn around for the autumn.
“What we did with her during the spring hasn’t hurt her at all and I think she’s come back in good order.
“There’s a chance we may kick her off in the Bow Mistress down here over six furlongs (1200m) but if not, she could do all her early racing in Melbourne.
“The Australian Guineas is our aim and we’ve also thrown in a nomination for the All Star Mile.
“I’d be disappointed if the Tasmanian racing community didn’t get right behind her when the voting opens.”
The top 10 horses in the public vote will secure a start in the lucrative race, which mirrors the concept of the Arima Kinen in Japan, with the remaining four places in the race determined at the discretion of Racing Victoria.