There are 22 lots in this week’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale that were given a timely boost by Mystic Journey’s win in Sunday’s $100,000 Elwick Stakes.
They are all by the filly’s promising young sire Needs Further.
Owner Wayne Roser paid only $11,000 for Mystic Journey at last year’s Launceston sale and she has returned almost $100,000 in just three starts.
A full sister is Lot 2 in Thursday’s sale where Needs Further has the biggest representation of any stallion.
Needs Further also sired last year’s Elwick Stakes winner Pateena Arena who went on to win the Gold Sovereign and two-year-old of the year honours.
Trainer Adam Trinder had two reservations about the unbeaten Mystic Journey going into Sunday’s race, one of which required a change of tactics.
The filly had led all the way at her previous starts but, after 10mm of rain overnight, the inside of the Elwick track was not the place to be.
“We were a little concerned that she needed to race away from the inside rail for the first time,” Trinder said.
“So we decided to sit off the tempo so she’d have something to guide her to the outside.
“It’s good that she’s now won under both scenarios.”
Trinder’s other concern was that Mystic Journey had broken an open-class track record at Mowbray 18 days earlier.
“When they run a record as a two-year-old you question what that does to them for their next assignment because it can bottom them out a little bit,” the trainer said.
“But the team at home has done a fantastic job getting her here in good order.”
Mystic Journey is a half sister to Leodoro, a dual city winner of six races and $221,000.
“Adam had a lot to do with Leodoro when he was racing in Victoria and that’s one of the reasons why we picked out this filly,” Roser said.
There have been eight withdrawals from Thursday’s catalogue leaving 129 yearlings to go under the hammer from noon.
LONG SALI SHORT
Our Long Sali, who ran third to Mystic Journey on debut, is $1.45 favourite with Sportsbet to win the $50,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
City Of Dreams ($1.80) and Black Jaguar ($3) dominate the opening market on the 3YO Classic with only two others under double figures.
Natalee Emery and Kristy Grant have been selected to represent Tasmania in the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship at Mowbray on March 11.
Their rivals will include Kerryn Manning whose 3737 wins have earned $25 million in stakemoney, Amanda Turnbull (1619 wins, $11 million) and Kate Gath (1245 wins, $10 million).