Mys­tic brave in de­feat to rank out­sider

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

THE course fell silent as Perth vis­i­tor Gat­ting up­set favourite Mys­tic Jour­ney in yesterday’s Group 1.

A de­spised out­sider in the 1600m weight-for-age race, Gat­ting ($101) was han­dled per­fectly by Jamie Kah to give the jockey her sec­ond Group 1 win.

Trainer Dar­ren Mcauliffe had con­fi­dence in Gat­ting mak­ing his pres­ence felt and con­sid­ered him a bet­ter chance than his odds sug­gested.

Stalk­ing the speed of come­back gal­loper Gailo Chop and Scales Of Jus­tice, Gat­ting took over at the 300m and then held off Mys­tic Jour­ney ($2.05) by three-quar­ters of a length with Mr Quickie ($31) flash­ing home to claim third.

Mcauliffe strug­gled to find words post-race be­fore say­ing: “I’ve al­ways had a lot of faith in the horse. He didn’t have things go his way first-up but he’s got form around Ar­ca­dia Queen that we saw win in Syd­ney and I think we’ve raced Scales Of Jus­tice a cou­ple of times and beaten him home each time.

“Jamie rode him per­fectly, fol­low­ing in­struc­tions to the let­ter, and we got it right.’’

Gat­ting is nom­i­nated for next month’s Cox Plate at Moonee Val­ley and Mcauliffe is plan­ning an­other two runs be­fore the $5 mil­lion race.

Next up will be the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Septem­ber 29 then the Caulfield Stakes on Oc­to­ber 12.

Kah said it was an amaz­ing feel­ing to suc­ceed at the top level again. “The first one didn’t re­ally sink in and I didn’t have a lot of time to en­joy it,” she said.

“The trainer said what­ever he did to­day, he was only half­way there, so it’s pretty ex­cit­ing for the fu­ture.”

While dis­ap­pointed Mys­tic Jour­ney was un­able to ex­tend her win­ning streak to eight, trainer Adam Trinder said the fouryear-old was brave in de­feat.

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