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Moody does the trick with Mystical Miss
Peter Moody.

Owner-breeder Bob Peters is breaking new ground in Melbourne with Mystical Miss a potential starter in next month's Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Two-year-old features have long been an afterthought for Peters, who prefers to target big spring and autumn races for three-year-olds.

But Peters has started "branching out" with Mystical Miss, his first horse to be trained by Peter Moody at Caulfield.

The beautifully-bred More Than Ready filly was picked out by bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy, on behalf of Peters and his wife Sandra, for $425,000 at last year's Inglis Easter yearling sale in Sydney.

She scored a strong 1¾-length win on debut in a 1000m maiden at Ballarat a fortnight ago and is set for Saturday's Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for fillies at Caulfield.

Moody will inspect Mystical Miss on Saturday before deciding whether she will be a definite starter in the race, which features current Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Miracles Of Life and Darley's boom juvenile Montsegur.

"There are some pretty smart ones in that race and she might not be ready for it mentally and physically," Peters said. "From my point of view, if she's ready to go these things only come around once.

"I didn't think she'd be an Oaks filly. She's more of a two-year-old sprinting type of filly and I'm just branching out a little.

"This year we're moving forward (with two-year-olds) a bit.

"I've had a fair few trial, but they've gone straight to the paddock afterwards."

Mystical Miss' dam, Magical Miss, won at two and went on to win the Thousand Guineas (1600m) and VRC Oaks (2400m) at three in 2001.

Luke Nolen will ride Mystical Miss in the Blue Diamond Preview.

·Trainer Adam Durrant produced a rare two-year-old winner when Mountain Haze was successful on debut at Ascot yesterday.

Mountain Haze ($2.10 favourite), near last approaching the turn, ran on powerfully to beat Secret Diva in the Westspeed Plate (1000m).

It was also the first winner for jockey Ben Kennedy since returning from a nine-month suspension.

Mountain Haze is not likely to be considered for the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) at Ascot on February 16.

"I'll probably put him away now for a couple of months and let him mature," Durrant said.

The West Australian

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