Mystic Journey

Mystic Journey winning the Australian Guineas (Image: Racing Photos)

Mystic Journey arrives in Melbourne

Mystic Journey arrived in Melbourne aboard the aptly named Spirit of Tasmania early on Friday morning and is ready for the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile according to trainer Adam Trinder.

The popular winner of the Australian Guineas travelled back across Bass Straight following her maiden Group 1 triumph a fortnight ago, completing her preparation at home in Devonport before making the 10-hour trip to Port Melbourne on Thursday evening.

Trinder is aware of Mystic Journey's popularity with punters and is chuffed his filly is flying the flag for all Tasmanians.

"She is really doing Tasmania proud, a lot of people are getting behind her, which is really pleasing to see because the public has struggled to connect with racing in Tasmania at times," he said.

"I feel everyone is really connecting with this filly, she is bringing racing back to the people and doing a terribly good job of it."

Trinder is following the same routine with Mystic Journey as he did prior to the Australian Guineas, arriving in Melbourne as late as possible before settling in to Tony McEvoy's stables at Flemington.

"She handles it very well, we put everything in place to keep it as comfortable as possible for her," Trinder said.

"She effectively travels (on the boat) in a portable stable, we open up the whole back of the truck, she eats and drinks throughout the course of the evening, it is exactly the same as a night at home for her except she is travelling 380km.

"She left last night at 8:30pm and arrived here at 6:30am, so it is a 10-hour trip door-to-door, which isn't overly taxing, especially with the processes we've implemented, she eats well and she is nice and settled, it has worked well for her.

"I was confident I could take her home and she would settle better in her home environment, then I could fill her back up physically, which is the way it has transpired.

"I am very happy with the decision to do that, she went home, straight in the feed bin and was really content, she arrives back here in good order.

"I haven't had to have too much pressure on her, she won over a mile there a fortnight ago so her fitness levels are fantastic, she is bright and buoyant about herself, she has a good colour about her coat, she is going to run well."

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Mystic Journey is second-favourite for The All-Star Mile behind Alizee and while pleased with the condition of his star filly, Trinder is mindful she won't be provided the same run that she enjoyed during the Australian Guineas.

"The draw is a little awkward, it will be interesting to see what transpires throughout the course of the day in regard to what the final field will be," he said.

"Should the emergencies gain a start, I think that really changes the dimensions of the speed of the race, it injects a lot more speed.

"The barrier is awkward, if there is a genuine tempo they will string out and she will be able to slot in, if they go moderate early then we are going to require a lot of luck.

"From the wide gate, we will find a position, let her travel, build and finish, we are really confident that she appreciates racing outside horses better than inside horses.

"If she can just bowl along and build and get her opportunity in the straight with clear galloping room, she should hit the line with good enthusiasm."

Alizee is currently favourite for the feature 1600-metre contest and Trinder says she, along with Hartnell, are the two horses he has the most respect for.

"I would think the mare Alizee is the one to beat," he said.

"I've got tremendous respect for Hartnell, he is a horse that I really admire personally, he has done it over all distance ranges and across different continents.

"It is terribly humbling to race against a horse like him, because I watch him from afar and have tremendous admiration for him but I think Alizee would be the biggest stumbling block."