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Rizeena spearheads 1,000 Guineas charge

Updated: Monday, 28 Apr 2014 19:21 | Comments

Favourite Rizeena previously won the Moyglare Stud Stakes
Favourite Rizeena previously won the Moyglare Stud Stakes

Ante-post favourite Rizeena heads a list of 26 possibles for Sunday's Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Clive Brittain's charge has been among the leading lights for the Classic following a juvenile season that saw her win the Moyglare Stud Stakes and finish second in the Fillies' Mile.

The John Oxx-trained My Titania, a daughter of 2,000 Guineas winner Sea The Stars, has been popular in recent weeks and is still in contention.

Lucky Kristale, George Margarson's two-times Group Two winner, remains in the frame, while Tapestry appears the best of Aidan O'Brien's pair ahead of Bracelet.

Andre Fabre's French raider Miss France disappointed when beaten on her reappearance in the Prix Imprudence, a race in which last year's Cheveley Park Stakes winner Vorda, who also holds a Guineas entry, finished second.

Godolphin can choose from Ihtimal, who won twice in Dubai for trainer Saeed bin Suroor earlier in the year, and the Charlie Appleby-trained Majeyda.

Owners Qatar Racing could also be double-handed with Cheveley Park third Kiyoshi and likely outsider Alutiq, who was beaten on all-weather finals day.

Trainer Eve Johnston Houghton said of Alutiq: "It's a possibility, but we will see what the owners want to do.

"She had a desperate draw (stall 14) at Lingfield last time. Only one of the first five was drawn in double figures and there weren't that many placed horse from high draws all afternoon, which I think speaks for itself."

The respective first five home in the Fred Darling - J Wonder, Al Thakhira, Joyeuse, Lady Lara and Manderley - all stand their ground.

Nell Gwyn first and second, Sandiva and the supplemented Euro Charline, could renew rivalry, while Amazing Maria is another leading fancy for Ed Dunlop.

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