The addition of headgear has taken the well-related Endean Rose to another level.
The Savabeel mare turned in a career-best performance last time out when she beat all bar Mime in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa.
"The blinkers made a world of difference to her," Rotorua part-owner and trainer Iain Kennedy said.
"She's a tough mare, but she had been a bit flat and getting too far back in a few of her races. With the blinkers on she didn't do that in the Travis and was up there with them all of the way."
Endean Rose hasn't missed a beat since her bold showing at Te Rapa and sights are now set on Saturday's Gr.3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup.
"She's going well and we will probably race her on for another season, depending how she comes up in the spring," Kennedy said.
"We have been quite careful with her and choosing her races. She has been a very late maturing horse so she didn't race a lot earlier on."
The six-year-old's Travis placing has added further black type honours to the family as she is out of the Carnegie mare Pretoria, a half-sister to the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile winner La Etoile. They are grand-daughters of the dual Group One New Zealand and AJC Oaks winner Domino.
Meanwhile, Endean Rose's barn mate Endean Express kept the stable tally ticking over with a smart performance to score at Matamata last week. She now has two wins and four placings from her six appearances.
"She's got a lot of ability and as she handles wet tracks we'll push on a bit further with her," Kennedy said."