Promising staying filly Glass Warrior may take on the males again in the Tasmanian Derby after her runaway win in the $100,000 Launceston Guineas at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
Only just out of maiden class, Glass Warrior, ridden by Siggy Carr, gave her rivals a galloping lesson as she scored by five lengths from Fagin’s Touch and Tiesto.
Odds-on favourite Gee Gee Secondover failed to run out the 2100m and weakened badly to finish fifth.
Longford trainer John Blacker said that Glass Warrior was “the only stayer in the race.”
“Even when she was racing over 1200m and 1400m she was always flashing home and I thought she’d stay all day,” Blacker said.
“It wasn’t the strongest field but the margin was good.”
Blacker said there were three more possible targets for Glass Warrior over the summer carnival – the Derby, Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks.
“She can’t run in both the Derby and the Strutt so we’ll pick the one that suits her best before going on to the Oaks which is her main target,” Blacker said.
Glass Warrior was bred by one of her part-owners, Mandy Gunn, who paid only $1000 for her dam after seeking out a mare by Golden Snake.
The Strutt Stakes is also on the agenda for Shady Hustle after she upset $1.10 favourite Our Long Sali in the $50,000 Thousand Guineas.
Our Long Sali got back to last before flashing home but the bird had flown and the Stephen Lockhart-trained Shady Hustle completed a winning hat-trick.
Lockhart admitted to being surprised.
“I thought she could run second which would have been as good as a win,” he said.
“But she took a big step up tonight.
“The next question is can she run the 2100m of the Strutt Stakes or do we go to the Magic Millions?
“I’ll let the dust settle before deciding but I’m leaning to the Strutt.”
Mystic Journey showed all her superstar qualities when she flew home from last to win the $50,000 Lady Lynette.
Trainer Adam Trinder was resigned to defeat when the filly was still well back and five wide rounding the home turn.
“At that stage I thought she’d run a good second,” Trinder said.
“But, every race she has, she gets better and that was a fantastic performance.”
Jockey Anthony Darmanin was clearly elated as Mystic Journey crossed the line a length ahead of My Biddy.
Mystic Journey will have one more run before the $1 million Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 2.