|Group 1 Fillies , Ascot 16:25
1m, Class 1
|Friday 20th June 2014|
1 Rizeena 11/2
2 Lesstalk In Paris 15/2
3 Euro Charline 16/1
12 ran Distances: ¾l, hd, 1¼l
TIME 1m 40.73s (slow by 0.93s)
The late money came for her and she duly delivered. Rizeena wins again.
Clive Brittain reckons the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day might be Rizeena's chief end-of-season target now.
The Clive Brittain-trained Rizeena bounced back from a disappointing run in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas to win the feature Group One Coronation Stakes under Ryan Moore.
Brittain, who is 80, is the oldest trainer to have saddled a Royal Ascot winner in modern times and he was confident beforehand.
“I wasn’t worried about the race,” said Brittain. “They could have walked – she is a great walker – and she still would have won. They could have trotted – she is a great trotter - and she still would have won. But they galloped and she still won. We had covered every angle. All she had to do was turn up and show what she could do. She always had the lead horse in her sights and when she decided to pass her, she did.
“I think we could have won the Irish 1,000 and I was certain that we could have gone to France but we went to Newmarket and I don’t know what happened there, maybe it was the undulations. Richard (Hughes) had the perfect position and she just stopped. It was 10lb to a stone below her best and after that there was a bit of colour in her wash, which rang alarm bells, so we stopped and started again. She has now been to Newmarket four times and not won
“Days don’t get better than this and I think we will come back here for the big meeting and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Why not? I wouldn’t be against taking on the colts again.
“I’ve got two standout three-year-olds, Brazos who was beaten by the ground in the Jersey Stakes, and this filly. These two are the basics for getting me up in the morning. Although I’ve only got 20 two-year-olds, I think eight of them are Listed or Group class.”
Ryan Moore, who took the lead in the QIPCO Leading Jockey at Royal Ascot table, after his third victory of the week said: “She was the best two-year-old filly last year and she won the Queen Mary and a Moyglare. It’s good for her to come back and I am delighted for Mr Brittain and his team – it’s a great day.
“There was no pace – it was a crawl and ridiculous, really. We went quicker to the start then the first quarter-mile. A messy race, I was able to get a nice spot but I was in front earlier than I ideally would have liked to have been.
“She doesn’t want to be in front that soon but my hand was kind of forced. It was a long way, that last furlong, but she was the fastest in the race and just did enough.
“She does not do a lot when she gets there. It is great that she has come back to form and she is top-class.
“I was puzzled with her performance in the 1000 Guineas – she ran seventh and I thought she would be involved (in the finish). She has never run a good race at Newmarket – that was the first thought. She had a little setback then and maybe there was something hanging over her.
“Her work was good leading up to the Guineas and it was same before here so we were not sure why she disappointed. Today she put it all together. She is quite a big filly and needs the sting taken out of the ground.
“I was disappointed (to lose) on Estimate (in yesterday’s Gold Cup) – she ran a great race and was beaten by a very good horse. It was probably her best form.”
Lesstalk In Paris bounced back to form after a disappointing run in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) with a solid effort this afternoon, staying on strongly at the death to go down by three quarters of a length behind eventual winner Rizeena.
The 15/2 shot was found to be in season following her most recent run at Longchamp and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget was relieved that she’d shown something near her best today.
“We almost won but I am relieved that she’s run well here,” said Rouget.
“She was found to be in season after her Longchamp run which went some way to explaining her poor effort but it’s nice she showed her real form here.
“I was also a bit worried as the form line of the Pouliches isn’t that good but she’s a good filly and I hope she can win a good race this year.
“I doubt she will go to the Falmouth Stakes (at Newmarket) as she would have to stay here for a while. It’s possible but we love Deauville so I think she will go there. The Prix Rothschild will probably be her aim. There is still a bonus for French-bred horses there so it would be a sensible plan.”
Marco Botti, trainer of the third-placed Euro Charline, revealed that his filly will now be heading to America after this run.
“I’m delighted with her run but she’s going to America now,” said the trainer.
“Her owners (Team Valor) want her to run in the States and have a race at Saratoga in mind later in the year. She will run for me in that race and then she will stay over here.
“It’s a shame but we’ve always liked her. I thought she ran well in the 1,000 Guineas and didn’t disgrace herself. I don’t think she handled the dip at Newmarket but I knew the ground and track would suit her much better here.”
Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series)
£375,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to firm (Good in places)
C E Brittain
|R L Moore
|11 - 2
||Lesstalk In Paris
J C Rouget
|15 - 2
|16 - 1
J M Oxx
|D P McDonogh
|7 - 2
1 1/4 length
R A Fahey
|25 - 1
A P O'Brien
|J P O'Brien
|14 - 1
B J Meehan
|20 - 1
Sir Michael Stoute
|16 - 1
|5 - 2
|J P Spencer
|16 - 1
G G Margarson
|20 - 1
|20 - 1
THE CORONATION STAKES
2013-WINNER-SKY LANTERN 3-9-00 Owner-Ben Keswick; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes; SP-9/2JF
2ND-Kenhope 3-9-00 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Henri-Alex Pantall FR; Jockey-Thierry Jarnet; SP-33/1
3RD-Just The Judge 3-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited & Sangster Family; Trainer-Charlie Hills; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP- 5/1
17 ran; Time-1m 39.75s; Dist-4, nk 9/2 Joint-Favourite Big Break (7th)
2012-WINNER-FALLEN FOR YOU 3-9-00 Owner-Normandie Stud Ltd; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-William Buick;
2ND-Starscope 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/1
3RD-Irish History 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey-Mickael Barzalona; SP-11/1
10 ran; Time-1m 42.95s; Dist-3¼, 2¼ 9/4 Fav Homecoming Queen (8th)
2011-WINNER-IMMORTAL VERSE 3-9-00 Owner-Richard Strauss; Trainer-Robert Collet FR; Jockey-Gerald Mosse;
2ND-Nova Hawk 3-9-00 Owner-Ahmed Mouknass; Trainer-Rod Collet FR; Jockey-Stephane Pasquier; SP-9/2
3RD-Barefoot Lady 3-9-00 Owner-Helen Steel; Trainer-Richard Fahey; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-16/1
12 ran; Time-1m 42.75s; Dist-2¼, ½ 7/2 Fav Together (5th)
2010-WINNER-LILLIE LANGTRY 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Gile Na Greine 3-9-00 Owner-Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning;
3RD-Jacqueline Quest 3-9-00 Owner-Noel Martin; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-6/1
13 ran; Time-1m 39.69s; Dist-1¼, 2¼
2009-WINNER-GHANAATI 3-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Richard Hills; SP-2/1
2ND-Reggane 3-9-00 Owner-Haras de la Perelle; Trainer-Alain du Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Gerald Mosse; SP-9/1
3RD-Rainbow View 3-9-00 Owner-George Strawbridge; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-13/2
10 ran; Time-1m 38.32s; Dist-2, 2¼
2008-WINNER-LUSH LASHES 3-9-00 Owner-Jackie Bolger; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-5/1
2ND-Infallible 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/2
3RD-Carribean Sunset 3-9-00 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Pat Smullen; SP-16/1
11 ran, Time-1m 39.23s, Dist-3¼, ¾ 9/4 Fav Spacious (4th)
2007-WINNER-INDIAN INK 3-9-00 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-
2ND-Mi Emma 3-9-00 Owner-Rennstall Darboven; Trainer-Andreas Wohler GER; Jockey-Eddie Pedroza; SP-100/30
3RD-Darjina 3-9-00 Owner- Princess Zahra Aga Khan; Trainer-Alain de Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Christophe
13 ran, Time-1m 42.26, Dist 6, hd 100/30 Joint Fav Finsceal Beo (8th)
2006-WINNER-NANNINA 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-6/1
2ND-Flashy Wings 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-13/2
3RD-Nasheej 3-9-00 Owner-Malih Al Basti; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-20/1
15 ran, Time-1m 39.14s, Dist-2, ¾ 6/1 Jt Fav Price Tag (8th)
2005-WINNER-MAIDS CAUSEWAY 3-9-00 Owner-Martin Schwartz; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-9/2
2ND-Karen’s Caper 3-9-00 Owner-Stonerside Stable LLC; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/2
3RD-Mona Lisa 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-25/1
10 ran, Time-1m 36.59s Dist-sh, 3½ 7/2 Fav Damson (7th) (run at York)
2004-WINNER-ATTRACTION 3-9-00 Owner-Duke of Roxburghe; Trainer-Mark Johnston; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP-
2ND-Majestic Desert 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Ted Durcan; SP-25/1
3RD-Red Bloom 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-100/30
11 ran, Time-1m 38.54s Dist-2½, hd
2003-WINNER-RUSSIAN RHYTHM 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren
Fallon; SP-4/7 Fav
2ND- Soviet Song 3-9-00 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Oscar Urbina; SP-9/2
3RD-Mail The Desert 3-9-00 Owner-Newsells Park Stud; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Steve Drowne; SP-14/1
9 ran, Time- 1m 38.51s Dist-1½, 3.