Mystic Journey winning the inaugural All-Star Mile in 2019 (Image: Racing Photos)
Tasmanian trainer Adam Trinder says he's thrilled with how stable star Mystic Journey has returned as he eyes a second All-Star Mile with her.
The 2019 ASM winner has been back in work 10 days, with Trinder expecting Mystic Journey to make her return to the races in Tasmania.
"That's the plan of attack with her,” Trinder said of The All-Star Mile.
"She's back in training, been back in 10 days now. She will kick off in the back end of January in the Ladbrokes Stakes, a weight-for-age 1200-metre (race) here in Tassie.
"Then we will move forward to The All-Star Mile, if she can gain the votes. We will just assess off the back of her first run whether she totally preps in Tassie … or whether she looks to head to a Futurity in February.
"We will get more clarity throughout the month of January, I would suggest."
Mystic Journey was the first nomination received when they opened on Wednesday morning.
The 2021 edition will be held at The Valley on March 13 and will be worth $5 million, with $2.25m going to the winner.
Mystic Journey won the Stocks Stakes over 1600m at The Valley in September before being luckless in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington.
"She didn't get long out, but didn't need long out," Trinder said.
"She won there at The Valley and was luckless in the Empire Rose, as everyone saw. So we stopped directly after the Empire Rose.
"There was a fleeting thought to potentially back up in the Mackinnon because she didn't have a tough run, but we just felt 1600m in her journey and we wanted to focus on The All-Star Mile.
"She stopped and went out in really good order and good form, so I trust she will come back in the same vein."