Jockey Anthony Darmanin, owner Wayne Roser and trainer Adam Trinder (Image: Racing Photos)
Damien Murnane has been lucky in more ways than one and he knows it.
Murnane is the successful owner ambassador of Mystic Journey, winner of the inaugural All-Star Mile.
Owner ambassadors were assigned to horses they voted for.
Murnane voted for Moss 'N' Dale, who made the field, but wasn't plucked out of the draw for the Peter Gelagotis-trained gelding.
Mystic Journey was one of four wildcards selected by Victorian racing officials after winning the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight ago.
Therefore, all those who had voted for horses in The All-Star Mile and weren't already assigned a horse were eligible to be an owner ambassador of the wildcard horses. A second-chance draw of sorts and that's when Murnane's name was plucked out.
And Mystic Journey's amazing performance, sitting three wide throughout before striding clear of Hartnell to win by 1.25 lengths, ensured that Murnane was $250,000 richer.
"I was getting excited, I saw her looming up on the outside and I thought, 'She's got a chance here' and I just went berserk from then on," Murnane said.
"She flashed past me and I was gone. I still love Moss 'N' Dale though, he's a good horse."
WATCH: Hear from Murnane
Murnane is undecided how he'll spend his windfall but says his wife is keen to travel to America.
"She nearly has the flights booked so we're definitely going there for sure," he said.
"I've thought about a lot of things, I'm not totally sure, give me a couple of days and I'll be sure.
"It will help with retirement a bit earlier and spending some time at the races."
Meanwhile, Mystic Jouney's full-time owner Wayne Roser was full of praise for the three-year-old daughter of Needs Further post-race.
"Unbelievable," Roser said. "She always gives 100 per cent every time she races and today was no exception. Three wide and still finishes off like she does..."
Mystic Journey was purchased for $11,000 by Trinder from the 2017 Magic Millions Tasmanian yearling sale. She has won 10 of 13 starts, with prizemoney of $3,262,600.
Mystic Journey is expected to be spelled before being aimed at another $5 million weight-for-age race - the Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on Saturday, October 26.
WATCH: Mystic Journey's win