Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 4th May 2014|
Rizeena Heads 33 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.
"She did some nice work over a mile up the Al Bahathri. We were very pleased with the way she worked and the way she came out of the work," he said.
"Ryan (Moore) was as happy riding her, as much as what we all were watching her. She will probably have one work on grass before she gets within six kilos of her racing weight and she's getting close to that. It just depends on what the ground is like.
"She's an easy filly to do. She goes out at five o'clock in the morning and never gets herself over-excited. She certainly fills your eye and is putting condition on, not fat. She's just where we want her."
Eight overseas-trained contenders are headed by O'Brien's Tapestry, John Oxx's My Titania and Andre Fabre's Miss France.
Roger Varian has left Princess Noor and Hadaatha in and said: "Princess Noor is doing well and her work has been good.
"She has a stamina question to answer as all her form last year was over six furlongs, but she is quite relaxed - which should help her get the mile.
"She had a very high level of form as a two-year-old so is definitely entitled to take her chance. If she gets the mile she will run a big race.
"Hadaatha has come out of last week's Newmarket maiden race victory well. Although we have not 100 per cent ruled the Guineas out, I think that it may come too soon for her.
"She will do a piece of work this weekend and we will decide afterwards."
Andre Fabre has confirmed Miss France an intended runner in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Although she disappointed on her return in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte, Fabre saw enough in a workout on Tuesday morning to give the filly, who won the Oh So Sharp Stakes on the Rowley Mile last September, the green light for a return to Newmarket.
Fabre said: "I was very pleased with her work and after discussing it with her owners, she is now an intended runner at Newmarket.
"She has run on the track before and the ground will probably be better for her there than it will be anywhere else."
Fabre trained has trained Zafonic (1993) and Pennekamp (1995) to win the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but has not yet tasted success in the fillies' Classic.
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 Stakes 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.
Hills, who took over training from his father Barry in 2011, said: "Her form is right up there with the best of them in the 1,000 Guineas and she has a great turn of foot.
"My father fancies her quite strongly. I think she gives us as good a chance as we had last year with Just The Judge. A bit of cut in the ground would be ideal, but she's versatile and it was quick when she won the Albany Stakes."
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."