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4/10/2019 Darmanin keeps faith in Mystic Journey

Anthony Darmanin, the regular jockey of Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) favourite Mystic Journey (Needs Further), has allayed fears about the fear-year-old’s credentials at 2000 metres. The Adam Trinder-trained Mystic Journey will be tested at the distance for the first time in tomorrow’s Turnbull Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Flemington after a surprise last-start defeat in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m). "I think the 2000 won't be an issue at all," Darmanin said. "She probably ran 2000 in the All-Star Mile, pretty much. I think she will be strong on the line. I think the month between runs last start probably took a toll. Not taking any credit away from Gatting though because he won really well and was better on the day. Adam said she has worked really well during the week so I'm just looking forward to Saturday."

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