Tasmanian darling of the track Mystic Journey has been retired.
Known to her loyal fans as "Betty", Mystic Journey bids farewell after a solid campaign in Melbourne highlighted by a second-place finish in the Group 1 Empire Rose, which would prove to be her final start.
She was an $11,000 purchase by owner Wayne Roser and has proven to be a much more valuable asset than her original sale price.
Trainer Adam Trinder said the plan to retire the star mare had been in the works for a little bit now, tracking back to her final run in Melbourne Cup week.
"Definitely retired for broodmare purposes. She is letting down lovely, taken off her race feed and onto a broodmare feed," Trinder told Tasracing.
"She has well and truly done enough. She doesn't owe us anything, we owe her everything.
"While she had raced so well, unfortunately she ran second in her last start in a Group 1. If she had won that I definitely would have retired her straight after the race.
"I don't think she needs to go out a winner. She's got nothing but admiration from us, and nothing but admiration from the public.
"We don't expect any more from her and we owe her everything."
The six-year-old retires with 12 wins to her name from 28 starts including the G1 Australian Guineas and the inaugural All-Star Mile in 2019, she accumulated over $4 million in prizemoney.