STAR two-year-old Mystical Pursuit was backed in to start the $1.60 favourite to win last night’s $150,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes but punters were close to turning their tickets into confetti when the leader Deroche set up a big break with only 200 metres of the race remaining.
But under strong riding from apprentice Chris Graham the Adam Trinder-trained filly dug deep and lunged right on the line to win by a nose from Deroche ($5 into $3.30) with Chase on the Case a distant third.
The win kept the filly’s unbeaten record intact from four starts and the victory also has guaranteed her the two-year-of the year title which replicates the feats of her three-quarter sister Mystic Journey.
In fact, this filly went one better than Mystic Journey because that filly was beaten into fourth place in last year’s Gold Sovereign, which was her only defeat in Tasmania.
Trinder was elated with the win and heaped praise on the daughter of Needs Further that is a three-quarter sister to his stable star Mystic Journey.
“I am thrilled to win this race because my father won it with Vodka when I just a youngster and to win the race in my own right is very special,” Trinder said.
“This filly is a completely different type to Mystic Journey but they both know how to find the line.”
“This filly has done a marvellous job and she is more than likely heading for a spell.”
Graham was elated but admitted he had fears of not being able to obtain the run he needed in the home straight.
“It got a bit scary for a bit in the straight because my filly was bolting but when the gap came she just barged through and to run the leader down after it had enjoyed such a soft run was brilliant,” Graham said.
“The filly has done such a grand job this season and to win the best two-year-old race on the calendar says it all really.”
Graham suffered a minor finger injury in a fall in Launceston two weeks ago that requires surgery.
“I am lucky to have been able to ride the filly tonight because I’ve had this injury to my finger on my left hand but it didn’t hinder my riding ability which is why we waited until after this race.
“I’ll have it operated on tomorrow and then I’ll have a short period of recovery but I should be back riding before you know it.”
Trinder says he will wait and see how Mystical Pursuit pulls up before counting out a final outing in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in Launceston on Sunday week.