PROMISING youngster Ideal Bliss is expected to make a winning return in Hobart tomorrow night despite several factors being against her.
Not only is the Paul Hill-trained filly first-up from a two-month break, she has drawn the second row against older rivals.
Regardless of the early obstacles, Hill is confident Ideal Bliss can continue her impressive record which stands at four wins and two seconds from six starts.
“I am very, very confident with her,” Hill said. “It’s a bad draw, but that won’t matter, she will just win based on her work.
“She hasn’t race since December 10, but she has been working sensationally and is ready to go.
“She is a lovely filly, the best I have trained, and I expect big things from her as she gains experience and fitness.”
Successful in last term’s Tasbred Final, Ideal Bliss is being primed for the state’s Oaks, which is scheduled to be run in Hobart on March 18.
Should Ideal Bliss perform to expectations in the Blue Riband, Hill will look at taking the daughter of American Ideal across Bass Strait.
“I’m getting her ready for our Oaks in mid March, that’s why she racing this week,” Hill said. “There is not a lot around for her, which is why she is racing against the older mares, then there is a race for her next week in Hobart.
“I want to get at least two starts into her before the Oaks
“I think she is capable of competing in the interstate Oaks. The Victoria Oaks in April could fit in nicely before she comes back home for a freshen up and the Bandbox Final in May.
“If she is up to it, I may even consider heading to the Queensland Oaks in July.”