Impressive P B Lawrence Performances by Mystic Journey and Hartnell

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so the picture of Mystic Journey crossing ahead of Cliff’s Edge in weekend past’s Group 2 P. B. Lawrence Stake has us inclined to write Ladbrokes a thousand times.

We might note, wryly, that doing so would be as interesting as any of our thoughts regarding Thoroughbred racing, but both horses in the frame were wearing Ladbrokes guernseys and racing past a rail emblazoned with the bookie’s logo.

Mystic Journey started the $2.15 favourite, so the win, while not unexpected, is a nice way to start a spring campaign and the win certainly bodes well. Relative youngster that she is, the weight-for-age tables put her in the P. B. Lawrence with an allocation of 55.5 kg, an unnecessary, but welcome advantage.

Our old favourite, Hartnell, despite claims of having run so long that he can remember being beaten by Phar Lap, finished third and so far as we are concerned, has erased any notions we had entertained about being ready for pasture.

Hartnell continues to haul in prizemoney and attract punters’ money, so lounging about the stable does not seem to be his immediate future.

Hartnell jockey Hugh Bowman thinks Godolphin’s evergreen could have finished second, but for being closed out by Mystic Journey, permitting Cliff’s Edge to finish second, but he stopped short of claiming that he and Hartnell were denied a win. The $18,000 picked up for the race took Hartnell to over $7 million, $7,011,999. If he were to start a crowd-funding drive, we would gladly sent in a dollar to round his figure, even though it is Hartnell that should be sending us the funds.

To complete our commentary regarding the ubiquitous nature of a certain bookmaker, winning the P.B. Lawrence has MysticJourney at the top of the futures markets for a certain race in October, the Ladbrokes’ Cox Plate.

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