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Rizeena rediscovers form in Coronation Stakes

Updated: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 17:09 | Comments

Rizeena saw out the trip strongly to win the Coronation Stakes
Rizeena saw out the trip strongly to win the Coronation Stakes

Rizeena bounced back to her brilliant juvenile form to win an eventful running of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Kieren Fallon was unseated on leaving the stalls from the American raider Rosalind and there was a reluctance for someone to make the pace.

For around a furlong My Titania pulled her way to the front before Jimmy Fortune sent J Wonder on.

Ryan Moore was sat in third on Clive Brittain's Rizeena and was keen not to let J Wonder get away in front.

Moore made a positive move a good two furlongs from home and she kicked clear, but Euro Charline and latterly Lesstalk In Paris laid down late challenges.

To Rizeena's credit the 11-2 chance stuck on gamely to beat the French challenger by three-quarters of a length with Euro Charline in third to give Brittain an 18th Royal winner.

My Titania, having her first run of the year, stayed on again close home to finish just behind the places having being swamped two furlongs out.

Moore said: "She was the best filly last year. She won the Queen Mary. It's good for her to come back. I'm delighted for everyone.

"There was no pace, it was a crawl, it was ridiculous really. We went quicker to the start than we did for the first quarter-mile.

"She doesn't want to be in front that early, but my hand was kind of forced.

"It was a long way that last furlong, but she was the fastest horse in the race and she's just done enough."

Brittain is famed for having his string out first on Newmarket Heath, and Moore added: "It's great for Clive. I've had a few early mornings (on the gallops), but it's worked out in the end!"

Brittain, who is still going as strong as ever at the age of 80, said: "I wasn't worried (about the slow pace). They could have walked - she's a great walker - and still would have won. They could have trotted - and she's a lovely trotter - and she still won have won, but they galloped and she still won. We covered every angle.

"I've still got the vibes. If you get up at 3.30am every morning you've got to have the vibes.

"We could have won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, I was certain we could have gone to France, but we went to Newmarket. The only thing at the back of my mind was that three times already she'd been to Newmarket and three times she hadn't won.

"I think we'll come back here for the big meeting (Champions Day). The QEII, why not?"

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