RIZEENA romped home in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and her octogenarian handler, Clive Brittain, will be hoping that she can produce the goods once again. That said, it will be no easy task to give away a 3lb penalty for that success and she is set to re-oppose One Chance, Fire Blaze and Fig Roll. The latter made a successful return to Newmarket in a Listed event and connections will hope that the extra furlong can bring about a reverse. Bye Bye Birdie was slightly disappointing at Royal Ascot though she went on to take a Group 3 at the Curragh in convincing fashion, and is worthy of another chance. Lucky Kristale and Princess Noor were well held in the Albany Stakes while Ayr maiden winner, Queen Catrine is of interest as her stable are not in the habit of making fanciful entries.
Rizeena (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Raced near side, chased group leaders, went 2nd in group 2f out, ridden and edged right to far side over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, ran on strongly to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun beating Sweet Emma Rose (8-12) by 2l, 23 ran.
Bye Bye Birdie 9-2 (9-0) Broke well and made all, soon clear, ridden and stayed on strongly from 2f out, comfortably, won at Curragh 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun beating Heart Focus (9-0) by 3l, 7 ran.
Fig Roll 5-2fav (8-12) In touch, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, led well inside final furlong, readily, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Jun beating Ventura Mist (8-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Fire Blaze (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 23, 7l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Lucky Kristale 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 19, 6l behind Kiyoshi (8-12) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
One Chance (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Raced far side, chased leaders, went 2nd inside final 2f until 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 23, 3l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Princess Noor (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Behind, headway entering final furlong, kept on, never dangerous, 9th of 19, 9l behind Kiyoshi (8-12) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Queen Catrine (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway and not much rooom over 1f out, soon switched left, led inside final furlong, soon drew clear, won at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun beating Tanseeb (9-5) by 5l, 8 ran.