Victorian breeder and pedigree buff Ralph Zito had quite the thrill on Saturday when the three-year-old Mystic Journey, a filly he helped breed, backed up her Tasmanian dominance with a black-type victory in Melbourne.

Devonport based trainer Adam Trinder brought the filly over hoping she would measure up to the best of Victoria’s 3YO fillies in the Listed John Moloney Stakes at Caulfield.

“This was her toughest test to date…and we are over the moon with her run and how strong she was over the 1400 metres. She has more than proven that she is Melbourne level and can compete here in the spring,” Zito said.

Mystic Journey had the pedigree and demeanour to get over the ground but had shown precociousness early in her career at short distances, having won three of her four starts in Tasmania, and setting an 1100 metre track record at Launceston at her second start.

She had won the Listed Elwick Stakes over 1100 metres at Hobart before suffering her only defeat when beaten less than a length in the Gold Sovereign Stakes at Launceston.

“We weren’t expecting Mystic Journey to be a two-year-old, to be honest, but she just kept getting the job done, and easily too. She was named champion Tasmanian two-year-old, which was a great accolade to receive,” Zito said.

“Trinder has always held her in really high regard and although we are not sure where she will go next, we may even look at a late entry for the Guineas.”

“I remember Adam (Trinder) coming up to me at the (Magic Millions Tasmania) sale and just being speechless that he got Mystic Journey for only $11,000. He loved her and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.”

“He was aware of the strength of the pedigree, and Wayne Roser, her owner, has since bought her three-quarter sister at a subsequent sale that he has called Mystical Pursuit.

“He also bid on the full sister that was eventually knocked down to Ross Wilkinson for $55,000 (at this year’s Magic Millions Tasmania Sale). I was happy to keep her, but when Ross said that she was to be trained by Nigel Blackiston, the deal was done as Nigel actually trained White Gold in her short track career,” Zito said.

Zito, wife Peta and friends Joe and Rhonda Cichello and John and Diane Button have half a dozen mares in their broodmare band, based at Romsey’s Springmount farm, and they are all headed to Victorian based stallions this season.

“The industry down here (in Victoria) is so positive at the moment, we have wonderful facilities, our pastures are great, and all our stallions are on the improve. Unless you have a specific pedigree match, I think you would be crazy to send you mares anywhere else,” Zito said.

“White Gold (dam of Mystic Journey) is due to foal down to Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun any day, and both White Gold and her sister, Oh So Gold will be covered by Fighting Sun this season.”

“My other mares are heading to Darley Northwood sires, Frosted and Street Boss, while our Rory’s Jester mare Canicula has a date with Swettenham’s Highland Reel. We loved what he brought from a genetics point of view.

“Meanwhile Canicula, who has produced the VRC Listed winner, Spectrolite (Stratum) is ready foal to Zoustar. Her 2016 filly called Shih Tzou, also by Zoustar, is currently in training with Mick Kent and we are looking forward to her making her track debut.”

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