Horse Racing: Rizeena set for Guineas return

Rizeena to return in  QIPCO 1000 Guineas

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Trainer Clive Brittain has revealed that Rizeena will not race again this season and will return as a three-year-old in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The talented filly won her first race as a two-year-old at Ascot back in May this year and three more victories followed.

The daughter of Iffraaj scored at Sandown just three weeks later before making it a hat-trick with an excellent display to land the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over five furlongs.

A second in the Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket and third at Deauville was followed by another success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, before she finished second to Chriselliam in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in late September.

Brittain is clearly a big fan of Rizeena and feels it is now time for her to enjoy a well-earned rest over the winter.

“She’s in very good form, but I didn’t put a saddle on her for a week after Newmarket,” he told At The Races. “She’s a natural athlete, she does everything with so much ease.

“She’s finished for the season, although she would be well able to run again.”

And the Suffolk handler is confident that Rizeena will be able to step up in trip in 2014 to challenge for honours in all of the high-profile races.

“I’m pretty certain she’ll stay beyond a mile,” he added. “That’s for us to discuss with the owners, but she’ll be entered in all the Classics and she’ll have a Classic campaign.”

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