Jockey Anthony Darmanin guides Mystic Journey to victory at Moonee Valley in October. Picture: AAP/Mark Dadswell.
“On merit you would think she deserves a spot – all the horses currently in the top ten are below her on the form card, but that’s what has gained the public attention so far.
“It’s a really different concept, an exciting concept, but being the first year of it, I’m not really sure how it’s going to play out.
“You can’t have a second-class field and I assume that is where the four wildcard spots, which are designated by Racing Victoria, come into play to help secure the quality of the event.”
While connections of some of the other 124 horses nominated for the $5million race are offering free beer as a lure, Trinder is confident that good results in Mystic Journey’s next two outings, starting this Sunday at Elwick, will attract attention.
“Her next run is in the Thomas Lyons at Elwick on Sunday and then the Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 2.
“We’re really hopeful that if she couldn’t rally up enough votes to finish in the top ten that she could win the Guineas and get in as a wildcard, but in an ideal world we would like the public behind her.
“We’re a little bit behind the eight-ball in regards to marketing – I’m a race horse trainer so it’s all very new to me – so we’re hopeful the filly does the talking herself.
We’re a little bit behind the eight-ball in regards to marketing – I’m a race horse trainer so it’s all very new to me – so we’re hopeful the filly does the talking herself.
Mystic Journey trainer Adam Trinder
“We don’t want to cheapen it in any regard and are very respectful and gracious for the opportunity to compete in these races.
“There is still a fortnight left of voting and the smart punters are probably going to wait to see which horses are in the best form, especially when there is an opportunity to win $250,000 themselves or worst-case scenario $10,000.”
Trinder said the success of Mystic Journey on the mainland has helped lift the profile of his stable.
“It has gained a lot of traction for our stable and we have received a a lot of new interstate clients from it because they see we have some nice horses down here and we are doing a really good job,” he said.
“It’s serving a dual purpose – every stable needs a banner horse, but every state needs one as well and it’s doing our state a world of good.”
The public can vote for Mystic Journey at www.allstarmile.com.au.