No Mystery In Belgravia


Talented filly Mystery Miss has made it five wins in the past six years in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) for owner Bob Peters and trainers Grant and Alana Williams, with a breathtaking win at Ascot this afternoon.

After holding favouritism for most of the week, Mystery Miss eased out to $7 on TABtouch, with Lordhelpmerun ($4.80) and Chix Pic ($5.50) the market elects.

The pace was strong early in the $100,000 feature, with Karrakatta Plate winner Valour Road crossing from the outside barrier to take the lead.

Simon Miller had six runners in the race, including Valour Road, and had the first five in running coming to the turn.

Jockey Aaron Mitchell kicked away from his rivals aboard Valour Road at the 200m, with stablemates Flirtini and Lady Cosmology seemingly his only dangers.

However, the speed in front set it up for Mystery Miss, who stormed over the top of her rivals to record a half-length win.

Chix Pic also ran on strongly for second, while Flirtini was the best of Miller’s runners in third.

Lordhelpmerun finished in 13th, a performance jockey Shaun Mc Gruddy described as “very disappointing”.

Mystery Miss joined fellow Peters horses Arcadia Rose, Disposition, Perfect Reflection and Perfect Jewel as winners of the three-year-old feature since 2013.

It sets up an intriguing clash in the Listed Burgess Queens Stakes on Melbourne Cup day between Mystery Miss and Arcadia Queen, who was an impressive winner earlier on the Ascot program.

Peters said he couldn’t believe Mystery Miss was able to win from the position she was in.

“She was in on the fence, then she had to get out and go around them,” he said.

“With only 200m to go I thought ‘it’s going to be a great run but she won’t quite get there’.”

Peters said he would wait until after the Burgess Queen Stakes before determining where his fillies would progress towards for the rest of the spring and summer period.

Pike, Peters and the Williams team combined to win the final race of the Ascot card, with Stageman too strong in the Muscular Dystrophy WA Sprint (1200m).

Peters said he could aim the four-year-old at the Listed Carbine Club Stakes next month.

Elsewhere, Jeraft made it two wins in as many Saturdays, taking out the Minearc Systems Handicap (1400m).

Tim Walker