Rizeena expected to improve on next start in Irish 1000 Guineas
Last Updated: 05/05/14 11:38am
Rizeena: Expected to show improvement in Irish 1000 Guineas
Clive Brittain is "certain" Rizeena did not show her true colours in Sunday's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and expects her to bounce back in Ireland later this month.
Following a juvenile campaign that saw her win four of her eight starts, including the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, the three-year-old was among the leading contenders for the first fillies' Classic of the year.
The daughter of Iffraaj travelled well for much of the Rowley Mile journey in the hands of Richard Hughes, but was unable to keep tabs on the leaders in the final furlong and passed the post seventh behind Andre Fabre's Miss France.
Brittain is now rueing the decision not to give his stable star a prep run and feels she will strip fitter for the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 25.
"She's fine this morning. She lost less than five kilos which is basically what they lose after a really good gallop," said the trainer.
"I'd be very surprised if what she showed yesterday is as good as she is. Judged on what she shows me in a morning, I'm pretty sure she's better than that.
"She travelled well, Richard Hughes gave her a great ride and when they quickened, she just couldn't quicken with them.
"With hindsight, maybe we should have given her a run in the Fred Darling at Newbury beforehand.
"She was on her toes and a bit excited before the race, but nothing too alarming. She'd been doing everything right at home and didn't show that on the racecourse on Sunday, unfortunately. She'll do a couple more bits of work and then we'll go for the Irish Guineas.
"We know she's a good filly, she's a Group One winner, and I'm certain you'll see a better filly in Ireland. We know there is better to come."