Adam Trinder will have nine runners on his home track at Spreyton on Sunday but his first priority this weekend will be a race in Melbourne.
Trinder will start his classy filly Mystic Journey in the $100,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Mystic Journey completed a hat-trick of wins in the $100,000 Elwick Stakes in February then went for a spell after a close fourth in the $150,000 Gold Sovereign.
Trinder said the trip to Melbourne was basically to test the waters and “see where she fits in.”
“We brought her back into work just to give her a little winter preparation,” the trainer said.
“We’re open-minded as to where it will end up.
“Apparently she’s in a competitive little race so it will give us a good guide.
“And, the old adage is that a trip away will do a horse the world of good.”
Trinder said that Mystic Journey, raced by his major stable client Wayne Roser, had progressed well since her first preparation.
“She’s been in work for three months and has done plenty,” the trainer said.
“She’s had a couple of jump-outs and a trial.
“The trial didn’t work out perfectly because she missed the jump which was very unusual for her.
“She settled fourth and ran fourth in quite a slick time.
“I was hopeful of more but was satisfied on reflection.
“She’s gone to Melbourne fit and well and has settled in well since arriving on Wednesday morning.
Trinder said there was no suitable race for Mystic Journey in Tasmania at this time of the year.
Apparently she’s in a competitive little race so it will give us a good guideTrainer Adam Trinder
“I would’ve had to run her in a Benchmark 84 against open age horses if she raced here,” he said.
Trinder has booked apprentice Mitch Aitken on the recommendation of trainer Patrick Payne
“He’s a good young rider – he doesn’t ride under 55kg which suits us because the filly won’t carry much dead weight,” the trainer said.
“With topweight, I wanted to claim the full 3kg and his name came to the top of the list.”
Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton also has two horses racing at Caulfield.
Life On The Wire, who has already won twice in Melbourne, is topweight for the $100,000 Mares Handicap (1200m) and Mandela Effect will make his interstate debut in the $120,000 3YO Handicap (1400m).