Mystic brave in defeat to rank outsider
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.