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'Finsceal' Best filly in the world after Guineas rout

Posted on Tuesday, 08 May 2007 03:14PM by Equine Fitness

We would like to congratulate our very good customer J.S. Bolger, a regular user of Equine Fitness heart monitors, for his outstanding success in this years 1,000 guineas.


As reported in the Racing Post 8/5/07
FINSCEAL BEO's runaway 1,000 Guineas victory was on Monday judged superior to any since 1998 by Racing Post Ratings expert Paul Curtis, who ranked her the world's top filly or mare.

On the morning after the day before, last year's champion juvenile filly was reported in fine shape by trainer Jim Bolger, who confirmed the wide-margin Newmarket winner on course for a rematch with her closest 1,000 Guineas victim, Arch Swing, in the Irish equivalent on May 27.

She will go to the Curragh having already achieved a Racing Post Rating of 122, a figure 4lb and upwards better than those managed by the eight previous 1,000 Guineas winners.

More than that, her imperious weekend display has placed her above last year's leading three-year-old fillies Alexandrova and Mandesha in the rankings of Racing Post handicapper Paul Curtis.

Bolger's run of form continued on Monday when Creachadoir put himself in line for a Classic bid of his own with victory in the Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh and afterwards the trainer had positive news of Finsceal Beo.

Bolger said: "I was very pleased with her this morning and she definitely had the edge on me. She was quite lively and perky. The Irish 1,000 Guineas is her next target."

Curtis heaped plaudits on the daughter of Mr Greeley.

He said: "On our figures, Finsceal Beo is the best of her sex in the world. Ouija Board, Pride and Alexander Goldrun were the only ones rated higher and they arenow retired, and Finsceal Beo is already rated higher than Mandesha and Alexandrova, who are on 121.

"It was a brilliant 1,000 Guineas by the normal standards of the race, the best for ages and, with an RPR of 122, Finsceal Beo is the best winner of the race since Cape Verdi.
"After Sander Camillo came out, she had miles in hand on the figures, and she won in the manner in which she was entitled to. The form fits in really well - almost so well it's unnerving - but it could even end up being rated higher than it is now.

“Finsceal Beo and Puggy ran similar races to those they ran in the Rockfel, while Simply Perfect, Treat and Satulagi all ran to within 1lb of their Fillies' Mile form."

Although rated 7lb below Finsceal Beo, Newmarke tsecond Arch Swing has been deemed worthy of an RPR of 115, 1lb more than the one given to last season's Guineas winner Speciosa.

Curtis added: "Arch Swing is on a par with a good Guineas winner, and what she did would have been good enough to win last year's 1,000 Guineas. In fact, only Russian Rhythm has posted a higher rating than Arch Swing since Cape Verdi, as Virginia Water and Attraction were also rated 115."

Arch Swing's trainer John Oxx reiterated that a Curragh rematch with Finsceal Beo was on the cards, while offering little hope of reversing the result.

He said: "Finsceal Beo would have been hard to beat in any year. We were very pleased with our filly and, had she been drawn a bit closer to the winner, she might have finished a bit nearer.

"We will take Finsceal Beo on again in the Irish Guineas, although she will be very hard to beat. Arch Swing had that little hold-up last month, so you would expect her to improve a bit."