On-line betting giant Sportsbet has paid Tasmanian filly Mystic Journey a huge compliment in its opening market on the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington in March.
The 130 entries for the world’s richest mile race include many of Australia’s best open-class horses and multiple group 1 winners.
But Mystic Journey, who has never even raced against older horses outside of Tasmania, is on Sportsbet’s fourth line of betting at $13.
She is at shorter odds than Hartnell ($15), Land Of Plenty $15), Le Romain ($21) Shillelagh ($21), Brutal ($26) and Brave Smash ($41) who are all considered good chances to make the final field.
Ten of the 14 places in the All-Star Mile lineup are decided by public vote with the remaining four selected by Racing Victoria.
Mystic Journey and Tasmania’s only other entry, Hellova Street, both polled well on the opening day of voting on Monday but not quite well enough to force their way into the top 10.
Six hours after the on-line poll began, Hellova Street had 210 votes and Mystic Journey 188.
To be in the top 10 at that stage they needed at least 281 votes.
Moderately-performed Queensland galloper Urban Ruler was leading the poll with 1351 votes – not surprising given that he has several hundred owners.
The public can vote on-line at www.allstarmile.com.au or they can go to the Tasracing web site which is pumping up the case for the two local candidates.
Voting closes on February 18.
Everyone that votes for a horse that makes the final field has a chance to be selected as that horse’s ambassador and be in the running for $500,000 in cash prizes.
Sportsbet has Alizee and The Autumn Sun equal favourites at $8.
LADY LYNETTE’S CLASSY FIELD
It’s fitting that the $50,000 Lady Lynette for fillies and mares is easily the best of the three feature races at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
The race is named in honour of one of Tasmania’s best horses of the modern era who won $1.1 million and was group 1 placed.
Mystic Journey makes her return to the track in the 1100m dash but won’t get everything her own way against some in-form older sprinters headed by Gee Gee Double Dee and My Biddy.
Tasmanian Guineas runner-up Our Long Sali will be a warm favourite for the $50,000 Thousand Guineas where she will be reunited with Craig Newitt who rode her to all three of her wins last season.
Newitt has also been booked for the Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks.
The Thousand Guineas has attracted a near-capacity field of 11, in contrast to the $100,000 Launceston Guineas which has only seven acceptors and lacks the depth expected in a listed race.