Finsceal Beo bouncing ahead of Duty Free assignment

TRAINER Jim Bolger insists four-year-old filly Finsceal Beo is “back to her very best” ahead of Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba.

The daughter of Mr Greeley won the English and Irish 1000 Guineas last year, but was denied a clean sweep of all three major European fillies’ Classics after being beaten a head by fellow Duty Free contender Darjina in the French equivalent.

But Bolger is confident Finsceal Beo can bring the 66-year-old his first taste of victory on World Cup night after Alexander Goldrun finished sixth in the 2005 Duty Free and fifth in the Dubai Sheema Classic the following year.

“My horse is very well, she has travelled very well and we expect her to run very well. She has been out for a canter everyday and everything has gone very well. She will have breeze on the turf track on Wednesday,” Bolger said.

“She is a talented filly, she was champion European two-year-old and she won the Newmarket 1000 Guineas in record time.

“She was beaten a short head by Darjina in the French 1000 Guineas and then she came back to the Curragh and won the Irish 1000 Guineas.

“Her form tapered off at the end of the season, but we think she is back to her very best at the moment.

“I had a good chance to win the last time with Alexander Goldrun. She had won the Hong Kong Cup the race before that, but things didn’t work out for her in the race and it didn’t happen, but this filly does have a really good chance.”

Despite Godolphin’s Ramonti being ruled out through injury, Saeed bin Suroor will be represented by Champion Stakes winner Literato and Creachadoir, while Mick Channon’s Majestic Roi and Japan’s Vodka included in a high-class field.

“All the horses are there to be beaten, it is a tough race,” added Bolger.

“The standouts would have to be Darjina and Creachadoir. I used to train him as a two-year-old and a three-year-old.

“We sold him to Godolphin and they have done a very good job with him and they have improved him and he is going to have a big say in the race on Saturday.”

Ralf Manning is hoping for a dry spell to enable New Zealand Horse of the Year Seachange to show her best form in the Duty Free.

The trainer was happy with the six-year-old as she worked on the training track before Thursday’s final preparations ahead of Saturday’s race.

“Everything has gone smoothly and we are very happy. She galloped on Tuesday, she had a fairly hard workout and then she will have a light blow-out on Thursday and that will be her lot until the race,” Manning said.

“We haven’t had the ideal lead-ups for her. It is also very hard to get a line here as the track is so wet. She is an average horse on a wet track, but put her on a fast track she is a different horse all together. The faster the track come race day the better she will be.”

Of the opposition, Manning remarked: “I am not sure who will challenge, they are all very good.

“Finsceal Beo will be good and Vodka. But I think the whole field will be there, I think it is going to be the best race of the night.”

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