Mystic Journey (Image: Racing Photos)
Adam Trinder has declared the inaugural All-Star Mile winner Mystic Journey is ‘’back on track’’ and will have her first run for the year in the group 1 William Reid Stakes at The Valley next month.
"She’s back on track," Trinder declared on Monday.
"She’ll trial on Thursday week at Hobart and hopefully kick off in the William Reid on the 20th (March) at Moonee Valley.
"So, it’s back to where it all effectively started with her first Group win there at Moonee Valley."
Trinder said Mystic Journey was laid low by an infection that halted her charge at this year's All-Star Mile.
"She got a subcutaneous infection in her leg on the back of a veterinary injection," he said.
"She missed a bit of training with it. We took a cautious approach and just took a step back and rested her for a little bit and she is just building back up again now.
"Untimely, but unfortunately that’s horses at times. I would have loved to defend her mantle," he said.
"She was the inaugural winner. It is going to be a cracking race and it would have been good to test her skills against them over 1600 metres at Caulfield but it wasn’t to be.
"We could have potentially got there but we wouldn’t have got there in 100 per cent order so I don’t feel it would have done the race or the filly any justice."
Trinder said Mystic Journey is not proven as a 1200-metre Group 1 horse but he felt she would be well suited at The Valley.
"We do potentially question her in Group 1 company at 1200 metres," he said.
"We’re open-minded as to whether that will be her sole run for the autumn and then we break and look at the spring or whether she has two other runs over 1200 metres (Sangster and Goodwood) in Adelaide."
Mystic Journey ran a brave fifth in the Cox Plate but Trinder said she might have a different goal next spring.
"I think moving forward we would be more comfortable at a mile and that probably identifies a race like the Myer (Group 1 for mares) over the spring.’’
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