Mystical View win tomorrow will get Olive Ascot carnival dreaming

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A win at Belmont tomorrow for Mystical View, shown here with strapper Matthew Herbert, will allow trainer Sue Olive to consider bigger races during the Ascot carnival. Picture: Anita McInnes

MYSTICAL View has to step up to beat strong superior horses such as Laverrod, Massimo and Vital Silver in the Black Heart Bart Stakes (1200m) at Belmont tomorrow.

If she is successful it will be the first feature race win for her trainer Sue Olive from Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding & Racing in Breera.

A win tomorrow would also allow Olive to start thinking about bigger races during the Ascot carnival for the four-year-old mare.

“I would love to get her to the Winterbottom, and yes she would need a small let up, totally will be how she races tomorrow, she said.

“I feel she may get up to the 1400 if so that opens opportunities for other races.’’

When Mystical View transferred from Grant and Alana Williams to Adam Durrant she had been racing in blinkers.

On her third and final start for Durrant he removed the blinkers.

Olive said it was possible removing them could be part of what has renewed Mystical View’s zest for racing.

She had found the mare was working well without any gear but it could have been a different story when she was younger.

The daughter of Canford Cliffs and Mystical Miss had her first win at 1200m a fortnight ago in what was her first win for Olive.

A week before that in her first start for Olive she finished second in a 1000m race.

Last year she was second in the Listed Belgravia (1200m) in October and third in the Listed Placid Ark (1200m) in November and had two wins at 1000m.

Jockey Jade McNaught will replace Clint Johnston-Porter who has opted to ride Massimo.

Mystical View has drawn barrier six and with 53kg will carry 5.5kg less than the favourite Laverrod and the other top-weighted horse Valour Road.

The Sean and Jake Casey-trained Laverrod, who will jump from barrier four, has had seven wins with four of them at 1200m.

The five-year-old gelding’s last two wins were 1200m races – one at Caulfield on April 17 and one at Morninton on March 20.

Jockey William Pike, who was on board both times, has retained the ride.

Five-year-old Massimo, who has had eight wins – three at 1200m, has drawn barrier five and will carry 57.5kg.

His last win was last year in the Listed Farnley Stakes (1400m) last year where he beat Yeah Dardy.

Valour Road has had four wins at 1200m.

The six-year-old’s most recent win was in June in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

Eight-year-old Vital Silver’s only win at 1200m was the Group 3 Roma Cup in 2019.

Four-year-old Watch Me Dance has had five wins but none at 1200m.

Carocapo trained by Jim Taylor has eight wins at 1200m – the most recent in November last year.

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