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 told PA Sport.
“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.”