Mystic Journey (Image: Racing Photos)
Devonport in early August is a far cry from The Valley in late October, but Mystic Journey used the synthetic track on Tuesday as an important stepping stone on her Cox Plate mission.
Mystic Journey is on track to begin her career-defining spring campaign on Saturday week in the Group 2 Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield after cruising in her trial, where she edged out the handy I'm Wesley.
Ridden by stable apprentice Chris Graham, the four-year-old mare was not asked for much of an effort but did just enough late to score over the 800-metre trip.
Mystic Journey needed the trial to ready herself for her first-up run after bypassing a planned start in last month's Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield due to wet conditions.