Mystic Journey draws wide for Makybe Diva Stakes

Mystic Journey has drawn out in barrier 10 for the $750,000, Group 1 WFA PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday but retains her firm favourites status with TAB at $2.20 over Scales Of Justice with barrier nine and at $6.00.

Of the leading four in the opening market, only Yucatan (IRE), $9.00, has drawn inside at two for Ben Melham with Hartnell (GB), $15.00, out at 11 for Craig Williams.

The Adam Trinder four-year-old Mystic Journey opened her campaign with a 3/4L win over Cliff’s Edge and Hartnell in the PB Lawrence Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on August 17th. Trinder then bypassed the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over the same distance on the same track on August 31st preferring to wait to this Saturday.

The Lindsay Smith trained Scales Of Justice won the Memsie Stakes well over So Si Bon and Alizee with Hartnell fourth.  Dean Yendall rides.

Yucatan has not been seen since his 11th in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m last November. Prior to that run, when under the care of Aidan O’Brien, the six-year-old Galileo entire won the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield on October 13th.

Now trained out of the Williams family stables by Liam Howely commences another campaign towards the Melbourne Cup.

There is a field of 15 for the Makybe Diva Stakes which is Race 7 at 4.10pm on the nine race programme.

The track is rated a Good 4 on Wednesday and the rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit. The nine race programme, which commences at 12.30pm with a field of 12 for the Very Special Kids Pin and Win Plate (2500m), has 131 acceptances.

Melbourne’s weather into the weekend has possible showers forecast on Thursday with 1mm – 3mm and 19c, a partly cloudy say on Friday with 17c and a mostly sunny day on Saturday with 9c – 20c.

Flemington fields

Rail in the True position for the entire circuit on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS