Mystic Journey, Adam Trinder and strapper after the All Star Mile. Pic: Racing Photos

3YO Journey over, Trinder eyes Cox Plate

Job done as a three-year-old, now for the Cox Plate.

That’s the attitude of Adam Trinder, who on Sunday morning confirmed that The Championships in Sydney were off the radar for superstar Tasmanian filly Mystic Journey.

The daughter of Needs Further, brilliant winner of the Australian Guineas and Saturday’s $5 million All-Star Mile at her past two starts, will spend the next two months in the paddock before being set for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship at The Valley in October.

“She holds acceptances in Sydney, but they’re off the table now,” Trinder told RSN927’s Correct Weight.

“Should she have not been able to get into the All-Star Mile we would have taken her to Sydney for the Coolmore Legacy (1600m, April 13), but she’s done her job now.

“Just from the timing of things, it works better for me in regards to getting to a Cox Plate in October.

“She can go up to my farm and have eight weeks out now and that gives us plenty of time to build her back up and three or four runs leading up to the Cox Plate. We’ll aim for that.”


Mystic Journey has not raced beyond 1600 metres – at which she has won her only three attempts – and the way she powered through the line in each of those starts gives Trinder confidence she will run a strong 2040m.

“I’m really confident she can,” he said. “We obviously need to see her do it – you don’t know until you expose them in circumstances – but just the way she continues to gallop through the line.

“In all of her assignments she’s never been weak the last 50 yards of a race, she’s galloped through the line and beyond it.

“She’s bred to get journey – not that that sets anything in stone, I appreciate that – but I’d be really confident up to a mile-and-a-quarter.”