Racing round-up – Mystic Journey returns in style as Godolphin youngsters dominate

Adam Cusworth Adam Cusworth
  • Racing was at Caulfield on Saturday August 17. 
  • Who were the major players and where are they headed next?

Racing was at Caulfield on Saturday August 17 for the running of the P.B.Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and there was some big names in action.
With the spring just around the corner, we recap the performances of the major players and take a look at where they are headed next. 
Mystic Journey returns with a bang
The heiress to Winx’ throne, Mystic Journey, made her much-awaited return in the P.B.Lawrence Stakes and lived up to her billing as the Cox Plate (2040m) favourite by swamping her rivals in the closing stages to take out the Group 2. 
The Australian Guineas (1600m) and All Star Mile (1600m) winner from the autumn scored by just under a length from Cliff’s Edge and Hartnell. The Adam Trinder-trained mare is likely to line up next in the Maybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 14 and then the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in early October before tacking the Cox Plate. The Memsie Stakes (1400m) also remains an option. 
Godolphin youngsters dominate
Earlier at Caulfield, a number of gun three-year-olds reappeared in both the Vain Stakes (1200m) for the colts and geldings as well as the Quezette Stakes (1200m) for the fillies. 
In the colts and geldings division it was a dazzling win by the James Cummings-trained Bivouac, who stalked his rivals before bursting to a four-length win. The Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) and the Golden Rose (1400m) are options for the exciting prospect.
In the Quezette, it was the Magic Millions (1200m) winner, Exhilarates that made it a race to race double for the stable. Absolute Flirt finished runner-up, while two more Godolphin gallopers were 3rd and 4th in Pin Sec and Lyre. Exhilarates is another that could tackle the Golden Rose, with the stable to map out plans for their youngsters in the coming days. 
Age Of Chivalry and Begged Toya Mother among the other big winners
The sprinters lined up in the Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) and it was Begood Toya Mother that made it six wins on the trot by taking out the Listed race. The Daniel Bowman-trained galloper is likely to run in the next two or three weeks before being set for the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in late September. 
Age Of Chivalry controlled proceedings in Race 4, leading from start to finish to defeat Rox The Castle. He will continue to work through the grades and is likely to be seen again at Caulfield in a fortnight. 
Looking Ahead
Racing heads to Moonee Valley on Saturday August 24, while in Sydney, the first Group 1 race of the 2019/20 racing season, the Winx Stakes (1400m), will be run and won at Randwick.