The rags-to-riches story of Mystic Journey was elevated to scarcely-believable heights at Flemington on Saturday as the Adam Trinder-trained three-year-old hit the line with her customary strength to land the inaugural running of the $A5million All-Star Mile (1600m).
Purchased by her trainer for $11,000 at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale in 2017, Mystic Journey brought her career earnings to $3,262,600 when coming home a length and a quarter in front of Hartnell, with a short-head back to Alizee in third.
The victory came only two weeks after the Needs Further three-year-old filly’s historical course and distance success in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), the first top-flight win for a Tasmanian-trained horse since the introduction of the Group-race system in the early 1970s.
Mystic Journey has now won her last six races – a sequence that started in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in September.
For trainer Adam Trinder, a former jumps jockey, the filly’s run of success has been like a dream come true.
“It was a fantastic galloping performance today,” he said. “I don’t know where the bottom of her is to be honest. She’s only a young filly and she’s on an upward spiral. “It’s very special. She was the first Tasmanian-trained Group 1 winner and she’s now won the richest mile race in the world. We’ll protect her and look after her and she might be able to take over the mantle of Winx.”
Mystic Journey was one of 14 starters in the $A5 million race, earning one of four wildcard places following her Australian Guineas success, with the top ten slots having already been allocated by public vote.
The filly is owned by Tasmanian Wayne Roser and ridden to victory by her usual jockey, former Victorian Anthony Darmanian.