Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 4th May 2014|
Rizeena Heads 71 for 1000 Guineas
Clive Brittain has reaffirmed his belief Rizeena could be one of the best horses he has trained ahead of the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
Rizeena won four times from eight starts as a juvenile, including victories in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, and she was last seen chasing home the ill-fated Chriselliam in the Fillies' Mile. With Ryan Moore expected to ride the talented filly on the Rowley Mile next month, confidence is high in the Brittain camp.
He said: "I couldn't have her in better condition - her coat, her skin and eyes - and she's ready to do the business on May 4. I decided not to have a prep run because of the manner she worked and Ryan's comments.
"I'm hoping Ryan Moore rides and he's hoping to. She's done very well over the winter and she's fit enough to run now if I wanted her to.
"I am very excited and when one comes along which makes your heart miss a beat, it's great. She's got a great temperament and she's ready to go. She can have a two-week hold-up now and will still be fit.
"She's got a great turn of foot and a very good stride pattern and everything you could want from a racehorse. All the signs are that she's one of the best I've had but she's got to go and do it on a race day."
Sandiva laid down her Classic credentials in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on April 16.
The daughter of Footstepsinthesand was positioned in midfield under a confident Frankie Dettori ride and had too much class for Euro Charline and Godolphin's well-supported Majeyda when push came to shove.
The Richard Fahey-trained 7-2 favourite shaped as though she would be suited to the extra yardage in the fillies' Classic on May 4 as she stayed on well to hold the fast-finishing Euro Charline by half a length, claiming Group Three honours.
The French maestro has already registered victories in the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Oaks and the St Leger, meaning the fillies' Rowley Mile Classic on May 4 is the only one to elude him during his illustrious career so far.
Miss France has experience of the track, having landed the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes in September.
However, on her most recent start, on April 3, she could only finish sixth behind Xcellence in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte.
Touched off in a Group Three last year, the Francois Doumen-trained Xcellence, who races in the silks made famous by Kasbah Bliss, was a surprise winner of the Guineas trial, that had been billed as a head-to-head between Andre Fabre's Miss France and Vorda, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Ihtimal a leading two-year-old in Britain last year, swept all before her in two races in Meydan in February, winning the UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks in tremendous style.
Her trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, said: "Ihtimal worked really nicely two days ago [ March 25] and she will go straight to the Guineas. I have been very pleased with her since her races.
"Physically she looks happy. She is a tiny filly but she has a good engine and turn of foot."
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (201st Running)
(British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
|5-||Adeste Fideles (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|110-||Al Thakhira||3||9-0||M Botti|
|213-||Along Again (IRE)||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|05540-1||Alutiq (IRE)||3||9-0||Eve Johnson Houghton|
|0311-||Amazing Maria (IRE)||3||9-0||E A L Dunlop|
|1-||Balansiya (IRE)||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|110-||Beldale Memory (IRE)||3||9-0||C G Cox|
|1-||Betimes||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|52-||Beyond Brilliance (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|24-||Blhadawa (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|201102-||Blockade (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|01-||Bracelet||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|221016-||Bye Bye Birdie||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|11411-||Cape Factor (IRE)||3||9-0||Rae Guest|
|1||Divine||3||9-0||M R Channon|
|4125-||Dorothy B (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|0211-||Dutch Courage||3||9-0||R A Fahey|
|1-||Dutch Rifle||3||9-0||J Tate|
|32-||Eastern Belle||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|621-||Enraptured (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|1-||Folk Melody (IRE)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|1-||Fresles (IRE)||3||9-0||Mme P Brandt|
|436-||Ghzayel (FR)||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|Hadaatha (IRE)||3||9-0||R Varian|
|3113-11||Ihtimal (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|110-||J Wonder (USA)||3||9-0||B J Meehan|
|01-||Jordan Princess||3||9-0||L M Cumani|
|21-||La Gohanniere (FR)||3||9-0||F Rohaut|
|111-||La Hoguette (FR)||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|2-||La Pyle (FR)||3||9-0||Mme P Brandt|
|431-||Lady Heidi||3||9-0||P A Kirby|
|026431-||Lady Lara (IRE)||3||9-0||A P Jarvis|
|3-||Lahinch Classics (IRE)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|51365-||Lamar (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|21-||Laurelita (IRE)||3||9-0||George Baker|
|1124-||Lightning Thunder||3||9-0||O Stevens|
|021-||Likelihood (USA)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|11611-||Lucky Kristale||3||9-0||G G Margarson|
|151201-||Majeyda (USA)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|4133-||Marbre Rose (IRE)||3||9-0||F Head|
|1-||Marvellous (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|032246-||Midnite Angel (IRE)||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|011-||Miss France (IRE)||3||9-0||A Fabre|
|52201-||Miss Lillie||3||9-0||R A Teal|
|211-||My Titania (IRE)||3||9-0||J M Oxx|
|Palace (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Pelerin (IRE)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|Plamas (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|10512-||Princess Noor (IRE)||3||9-0||R Varian|
|313223-||Queen Catrine (IRE)||3||9-0||C Hills|
|514-||Radiator||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|112312-||Rizeena (IRE)||3||9-0||C E Brittain|
|11210-||Sandiva (IRE)||3||9-0||R A Fahey|
|54-||Shushu Sugartown (IRE)||3||9-0||Ian Williams|
|1-||Sinnamary (IRE)||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|116-||Sound Reflection (USA)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|021-||Sparrow (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Taghrooda||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|112-||Tapestry (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|011-||Terrific (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Tested||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|211-||Vallado (IRE)||3||9-0||E Lynam|
|111210-||Vorda (FR)||3||9-0||P Sogorb|
|52-||When In Doubt||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|135132-||Wind Fire (USA)||3||9-0||D H Brown|
|101646-||Wonderfully (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
Bracelet thrust herself into a prominent position in the Classics betting with a convincing success in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on March 30.
Balansiya was the 9-10 market leader following a spectacular winning debut over the course and distance in early November and all appeared to be going according to plan as she moved sweetly to the lead early in the straight.
However, Aidan O'Brien's Bracelet, ridden by the trainer's son Joseph, came out of the pack to challenge from a furlong out and wore down Balansiya to take the Group Three prize by a length, with Avenue Gabriel finishing in third spot.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, landing his first victory of the new turf campaign, said: "She did it nicely and she's a filly we think will stay well in time. We're delighted with her and all things being well, she might go to the Guineas (at Newmarket). I'll speak to the boys (owners)."
Asked whether he thought Bracelet would stay a mile a and half, the trainer added: "We always thought she would, but Joseph said he wasn't sure there, as she showed a lot of speed. That's why we're thinking about the Guineas."
Bracelet was cut to 16-1 from 25s for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket by Betfred and was made 8-1 favourite for the Oaks at Epsom.
Although she was eventually run down by Bracelet, connections of Balansiya remain keen on a Classic bid.
Pat Downes, stud manager for the owner the Aga Khan, said: "We were very pleased with how she performed on the day, as Dermot was concerned about the ground as he thought she would need the run.
"She ran a nice race and we will probably look at a Guineas now, either in England or France.
George Margarson remains confident Lucky Kristale's stamina will last out over the Rowley Mile when she bids for Classic glory next month.
She has yet to race over further than six furlongs, however, and only time will tell whether she will get home at Newmarket on May 4.
Margarson said: "She's a bit behind in her coat, similar to last year, but we have had an ideal preparation with her and haven't had to stop. The mild weather has meant the grass was open earlier than usual and I've been mindful not to do too much with her too soon.
"She's not a flashy worker, but what she has been doing has been pleasing me and she's on course for the 1000 Guineas. She will go straight to the race as I don't want to run her in a trial as she puts a lot into her races and I didn't want her having a hard race as it's a long season.
"If she turns out to be a sprinter, I'll give her an easy campaign and train her for next year, but I'm confident she will stay. If you look at her races last year, she wasn't stopping over six furlongs."
"The plan is the Guineas, the Coronation and the Falmouth," said the trainer.
"We've had some big offers for her but you have got to value what you want to put in the bank and whether you want to throw the ticket away.
"She's always got the paddock value at three-quarters of a million and if she wins the Guineas, she will be worth a lot more than that."
Stevens is leaning towards the Newmarket showpiece on May 4 as she is more forward than expected, although she also holds entries in both the French and Irish equivalents.
Lightning Thunder showed smart form as a juvenile, winning her first two starts then just being touched off in the Oh So Sharp Stakes before finishing fourth in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes, with the last two races at Headquarters.
Charlie Hills was pleased to see his Guineas hope Kiyoshi finish alongside unbeaten Investec Oaks entry Cambridge in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on April 16.
Royal Ascot winner and Cheveley Park third Kiyoshi was ridden by Jamie Spencer over seven furlongs of the Rowley Mile.
The pair tracked lead horse Society Pearl and came away together in the closing stages.
"I was pleased with both fillies," Hills said.
"With Cambridge the plan is to go for the Musidora at York. She hasn't much experience but she should stay well.
"Kiyoshi will go for the Guineas. She is still holding on to her coat but this experience should help and she's fit and well. She wouldn't want the ground too quick."
My Titania will bid to emulate her illustrious father Sea The Stars by making a winning three-year-old debut in Classic company at Newmarket.
Sea The Stars won the 2000 Guineas to register the first of his six Group One successes during an incredible unbeaten campaign in 2009 and went on to confirm himself one of the greats with subsequent victories in the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
My Titania clearly has a long way to go before reaching those heights, but looked the part in winning two of her three starts as a juvenile, culminating in victory in the C.L. Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh at the end of September.
Trainer John Oxx said: "She's in good shape, working nicely and looks great in her coat. She's fairly forward and quite fit for the time of year, so we're pleased."
Amazing Maria will head straight for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Trained by Ed Dunlop, the Sir Robert Ogden-owned filly won a Goodwood maiden by six lengths before following up in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at the same course in August.
The three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman completed her second serious piece of work of the spring on Tuesday morning, much to the satisfaction of Dunlop.
"I've been very pleased with her so far and she has wintered well," said the Newmarket handler.
"If she continues to progress as she has done and pleases me in the same manner then she will go straight for the Guineas."
Marco Botti reports Al Thakhira to have done well over the winter and would like to run her in one of the Classic trials, ahead of a possible tilt at the Guineas itself, if ground conditions allow.
"She's been on the grass the last weekend and I'm very pleased the way she's coming along," said the Newmarket trainer.
"We will keep an eye on the Fred Darling (at Newbury), but we don't want to risk her on fast ground. Ideally, we would like to run her in the one of the trials and then see how she goes and perhaps then the Guineas."