I don't know about Mystic Journey being a "standout" - lost some of the gloss in the Spring IMO. Still the obvious pick in the All Star but noted she is equal favourite with NZ Empire Rose winner Melody Belle and Epsom-Golden Eagle winner Kolding - both who are worthy opponents. MB is outright favourite for the Australian Cup.
A horse I was taken with was the Derby winner Warning. I think he can win the Derby double and perhaps even a race like the Tancred if they go that way.
It was a strong Derby year and I think a couple of the beaten brigade shouldn't be written off because they failed over the 2500m. Shadow Hero and Thought Of That look capable of winning 3YO Group races up to 2000m.
Will be interesting to see the Everest winner Yes, Yes, Yes when he returns. Still eligible to run against his 3YO peers at set weights and gets in nicely in WFA - perhaps the TJ Smith?
Oaks winner Miami Bound hasn't done much wrong and won the Oaks easily but the 2nd horse Never Listen and 3rd horse Moonlight Maid were never going to win from back where they were and might be better suited at Randwick (you could make a similar argument for Shadow Hero). All 3 worth following.
Have to agree partially with you.
Shadow Hero was too far back and not sure if track suited him too as he just did not accelerate in the Derby.He did beat Castlevechio in the spring. You are right for upto 2000m because the 2400m might stretch his brilliance.
I am interested with Yes, Yes, Yes due to Biovac and Exceedance. It will be interesting to see them clash.
I also think Nature Strip will be hard to beat in anything it contests.
Warning is another runner to consider but normally VRC Derby winners don’t back up. I stand to be corrected by Mahoghany was the last dual winner.