Mystic Journey Aimed at Smooth Travel in Group 2 P B Lawrence

Four-year-old mare Mystic Journey is a runaway favourite for Saturday’s Group P B Lawrence Stakes (1400 m, w.f.a.) at Caulfield and she has done owner W G Roser proud, winning 10 times from 13 jumps.

Win, it seems, is all she can do. In the three races where she did not win, she had two fourths and one fifth.

Her most important win, arguably, was the inaugural running of the All-Star Mile at Flemington in march of 2019, but she was impressive in an easy win in her prior start, the Group 1 Australian Guineas, where she came home a little better than two lengths ahead of Hawkshot for her maiden Group 1 win. She jumped a $4.20 favourite as a three-year-old and it would appear that trainer Adam Tinder has done a great job.

Mystic Journey has certainly given a good return on investment.

Her purchase price was a bargain at $11,000. That is not a misprint. Two ones followed by three zeroes.

Foaled in 2015 by Needs Further from White Gold, she is a rare example of a local horse doing well in an Australian racing scene that is increasingly dominated by foreigners and big operations.

She is currently quoted by Ladbrokes at $1.90, quite a bit ahead of Hartnell ($4.20) and she has beaten him before, most notably in the aforementioned All-Star Mile.

Her trainer, Adam Tinder, was a former jumps jockey and Mystic Journey’s race day rider has been Anthony Darmanin mostly and only once has he failed to salute from atop her.

As for Hartnell, it would seem, one would think, that he will be sent off following spring racing, but Godolphin’s iron horse, trained by James Cummings is still making money since arriving from Great Britain and his win in the 2018 Epsom Handicap propelled him into the top ranks.

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