9/12/2019 Local return for All-Star winner
Reigning All-Star Mile champion Mystic Journey will start her title defence in Tasmania next month.
Trainer Adam Trinder has identified the $50,000 Listed Sky Stakes (1200m) at Launceston on January 29 and the $100,000 Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) at Hobart on February 9 as suitable lead-up assignments. Both races are held under weight-for-age conditions.
“I expect her to have two starts here in Tasmania, after which she will most likely head over to Melbourne for one start before The All-Star Mile,” Trinder said in a statement.
“Mystic Journey has been back in training for a week now and, whilst it is still very early stages, I’m really happy with how she has spelled.
“I would be surprised and even a little disappointed if she didn’t receive a lot of votes after her performances in Melbourne in the autumn.”
Mystic Journey, who was purchased for $11,000 as a yearling, has won more than $3.7m and ended her spring carnival with fifth-placed finishes in the G1 TAB Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) in October.
The daughter of Needs Further is unbeaten from two attempts at Caulfield, both over 1400 metres in the 2018 Listed Jim Moloney Stakes and 2019 G2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes.
In early betting markets Mystic Journey is $9 to win the 2020 All-Star Mile. Markets supplied by Ladbrokes.
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