Mystic Journey won the Group 1 Australian Guineas as well as the very first edition of the All Star Mile but struggled to recapture that form last season after a fifth in the Group 2 Group 2 Blarney Stakes in February.
Trained by Adam Trinder, Mystic Journey had two below par performances when going down as a short price odds on favourite in two Tasmanian summer carnival races before vets found the reason for her off colour performances.
After a thorough vets examination Mystic Journey was found to have bone chips in her knees which had to be removed and an extended spell in the paddock began to allow the Tasmanian to recover.
Trinder is aiming the six year old at the Stock Stakes next month, a race she won in 2021 however he has said that Mystic Journey is taking time to build fitness on pace to coincide with the planned comeback date.
Finishing second in the trial at Devonport, Trinder said he was pleased with the champion mares effort to date.
“She was very good there and ran good time,” Trinder said.
“They came home in 34 (seconds) for their last 600m and she was six lengths off them, so she’s come home on maybe 33 and a quarter.
“But she had a healthy blow and probably needs another trial.
“Whether it’s one more trial or two more trials, we’ll see.”
The Tasmanian trainer went on to explain that despite recent progress, the comeback wasn’t a lock just yet.
“I haven’t got a lead-up set in stone so it’s all very loose,” Trinder said.
“I’m not the type of trainer that would waste runs. I would rather trial them at home.
“I’d rather take her to the races to be competitive rather than take them to the races to build fitness.
“If we can get her back running free, which she’s giving us the impression she is at the moment, then hopefully we aren’t too far away from a result.”