In-foal Furiosa in Naas trial
Ken Condon is hoping being in foal will eke out that extra bit of improvement when Furiosa tackles Listed company in the Queally Group Irish EBF Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday.
On the bare ratings, the three-year-old filly has plenty to find, but she heads for the 10-furlong test on the back of a first career success at Gowran three weeks ago.
Condon has seen a transformation in the daughter of Bushranger, who is in foal to 2013 Derby winner Ruler Of The World, and connections believe this is a chance worth taking.
"She's in good heart. Obviously on ratings she's a lot to do, but she is in foal and sometimes they can find significant improvement," said the County Kildare trainer.
"She's been giving us the right impression since her maiden win at Gowran and previous to that she was a good second at Cork.
"While on ratings we knew we are up against it, she's a filly in good form. The trip will be perfect, the ground will be fine and she's in foal. We are all realistic about where we are.
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"Everyone wants a bit of Black type and if she was placed we would consider that a great result."
Bloomfield made a winning debut in promising fashion at the Curragh over a mile and a quarter earlier this month and her trainer Willie McCreery is happy to let her take the step up from maiden company.
"She's in good form. She's come out of her race well," said McCreery.
"The track and the ground will suit us. It was nice to get that bit of rain."
A competitive heat includes three runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable in Butterflies, Elizabeth Browning and Key To My Heart.
Jim Bolger is double-handed with Vociferous Marina and Modern Approach, while the list of 11 runners is completed by Black Ruby, Elusive Duchess, Frima and Petticoat.
O'Brien's Pocketfullofdreams, who finished seventh in the Investec Oaks, let down favourite-backers when only fourth last time out but will try for a first victory again in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Joseph O'Brien fields two in Dilmun and Kamili but all eyes are likely to be on the Bolger-trained newcomer Goldrush.
A daughter of Frankel out of multiple Group One winner Alexander Goldrun, the filly cost 1.7 million euros at Goffs in 2015.
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