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December 2, 2020

Jenni primed to strike in Cup, but is there a flaw?Mystic Journey wins the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley in September.

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Princess Jenni will take a power of beating in Saturday’s Listed $300,000 Pakenham Cup after brushing off a minor foot abscess.

Trainer David Brideoake has the Group 1 mare and last start Bendigo Cup winner in the best possible shape for the 2500m race after being forced to bypass the Zipping Classic last month.

A top three finish on Saturday will see the consistent mare, who won the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks at three and returned the next season to claim the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, click over the $1 million prizemoney mark.

“She’s been a great horse to train, just shy of a million dollars and we’ve got very good faith in her,” Brideoake said.

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“We think she’s going to do the job and do it beautifully.”

Princess Jenni, who has won six of her 19 starts and placed on two other occasions, gripped on to win the Group 3 Bendigo Cup ahead of the fast-finishing international stayer Pondus.

The five year-old mare has not raced since due to the abscess.

“Nothing major just a small foot abscess,” Brideoake said.

“She’s continued on, she’s in good shape and her work has been good, I’m looking forward to her taking her part in the race.

“It’s not ideal (missing a race) but the work she has done and her natural level of fitness I’m hoping holds in good stead for it all.”

Brideoake, who co-trained 2012 Pakenham Cup Dance With Her, hopes Princess Jenni’s brilliance and tenacity will help her overcome a 61kg weight impost.

“We’re carrying a lot of weight, that should bring us back to the pack,” the Mornington horseman said.

“But there’s a reason she’s been given the weight, I’m hoping it all pans out well and we get a result.

“That’s really where I am, I’m just hoping, but gee her work has been good, she’s been terrific actually.

“She’s racing really well, I couldn’t actually be happier with her.”

Plans beyond Saturday remain up in the air but Brideoake is quietly confident the stable favourite will measure up against the best stayers next year.

Etah James won the Pakenham Cup last year and trained on — following a brief stint in New Zealand — to win the Sydney Cup and qualify for the Melbourne Cup.

“I’d love to follow that path,” Brideoake said.

“It would be a real dream if we could do that.

“Her stamina is developing beautifully, I’m pretty positive it will all end up pretty good.”


Inaugural All-Star Mile champion Mystic Journey could finally get the chance to defend her crown after her 2020 mission was aborted due to injury.

The Tasmanian star was among the first horses nominated for the 2021 edition of the $5 million feature, to be run at The Valley, on March 13.

Trainer Adam Trinder pencilled in the All Star Mile for his stable star after she roared to victory in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes at The Valley and was desperately unlucky in Empire Rose at Flemington.

“That’d be an ideal scenario (defend her title) and very satisfying,” Trinder said.

“She runs well at The Valley, Flemington and The Valley appear to be her tracks, two totally different (style of) tracks which is surprising.”

In an ideal world, Mystic Journey will campaign in Tasmania, with three lead-up runs, before the All Star Mile.

Should she fail to get the fan votes to qualify the ‘win and you’re in’ Futurity Stakes on February 20 will be targeted to clinch one of five wildcards.

Mystic Journey has been back in work 10 days ahead of her resumption in the New Year.

“We know she likes her environment here at home and her routine and it’s worked well for her,” Trinder said.

A far cry from the corresponding time last year when Mystic Journey struggled with injury and a bone infection.

“Things went awry very early in the preparation (last year),” Trinder said.

“Everything went a miss and I actually did question myself whether she’d ever race again.”

Luke Currie, who partnered Mystic Journey to victory in the Group 2 at The Valley two starts back, will have the first right of refusal for the All Star Mile.

Reigning Kennedy Oaks winner Personal and Australian Cup champion Fifty Stars lead a strong quintet of Lindsay Park entries, which includes So Si Bon.

Nominations for the All Star Mile close on January 11, with each $500 entry fee donated to charity partner, the Good Friday Appeal.


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