Mystic Journey eyes Cox Plate
Top three-year-old Mystic Journey is eyeing a start in the world's toughest WFA race
All-Star Mile winner Mystic Journey is now be prepped for the Cox Plate
Cox Plate the target for Mystic Journey
Champion three-year-old Mystic Journey will be eyeing a start in the 2019 Cox Plate according to trainer Adam Trinder.
The star filly was a winner of the Australian Guineas and the inaugural All Star Mile this season. She showed her ability to run against the very best Australia has to offer and now a start in the Cox Plate is in the offing.
Hailing from Tasmania, the Adam Trinder-trained runner will kick off her late winter/spring carnival in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes on July 27 before looking at the Group 1 Memsie Stakes on August 31.
"That is my hope," Trinder said.
"She would obviously have to come back, flourish and improve, which I believe she has flourished. So we'll see on raceday as to whether she has improved or not.
"We've obviously got the Golden Eagle as an option but these first two runs will tell us whether we're set in stone to move forward towards the Cox Plate. But that's definitely my hope."
The $7.5 million Golden Eagle is held on November 2 and could attract Mystic Journey following a run in the Cox Plate.
Trinder is confident that Mystic Journey has grown nicely in the offseason.
"She is in really good order," he said.
"Her action is nice and fluent. Her appetite is good. She's really happy so I'm really happy. At this stage all roads lead to kicking off in the Bletchingly.
"She has deepened down through the shoulder and really thickened out through the hind quarter.
"I probably didn't appreciate it as much when she returned to the stables because she spelled at my farm and I was still seeing her every day.
"But the comment from the girls around the yard, they've really noticed a physical change in her in a short period of time. So that gives me good solace moving forward."
Mystic Journey is currently the favourite for the 2019 Cox Plate at BetEasy.