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  • Rizeena in Good Spirits Ahead of Mile

Shadwell Fillies' Mile (Group 1) 1m

  • (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £103,949 2nd £39,410 3rd £19,723 4th £9,825 5th £4,931 6th £2,475
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 40.00s
  • Off time: 15:15:32
Full result
Result 15:15 Newmarket
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Chriselliam 28/1
2nd 5 Rizeena 1 7/4f
3rd 4 Ihtimal 2 5/2
  • Last Updated: September 26 2013, 18:47 BST

Clive Brittain has trained many top-class fillies in his long and illustrious career and feels Rizeena is "a bit special" as she aims to land a second Group One of the season in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket tomorrow.

Rizeena: Trainer aiming for second Group 1 of the season
Rizeena: Trainer aiming for second Group 1 of the season

The veteran Newmarket handler masterminded the careers of Sayyedati, Crimpeline, User Friendly and perhaps the greatest of them all, Pebbles.

Brittain also won the Fillies' Mile in 2009 with Hibaayeb, who won the Ribblesdale at three and went on to be successful in America.

What marks Rizeena out from most of her rivals is that as recently as June she was winning the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot over five furlongs and is already racing over a mile, but the way she won the Moyglare Stud Stakes over seven furlongs suggests the trip will not be an issue.

"I'm delighted with her going into the race. She has come through all her prep races very well and she's in good spirits," said Brittain.

"Her owner was keen to run her over the mile (rather than run in the Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs) and I'm quite happy about it too.

"I don't suppose there are many horses to win the Queen Mary and the Fillies' Mile, but I do think she's a bit special and I think she's capable of doing it."

Godolphin have a good record in the race having won the last three renewals and have two representatives this year, one from each of their trainers.

All of their three recent winners took the May Hill at Doncaster previously, just like the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Ihtimaal did last time out.

"She has been doing well since Doncaster, I am happy with her at home," said Bin Suroor.

"She is a tiny filly, but she always tries really hard and always gives her best.

"This is another step up for her now, running in a Group One, but she is a Group Two winner.

"It is a tough race, so we will see what happens."

Charlie Appleby's Sound Reflection is the only unbeaten runner in the race, but is taking a marked step up in class.

However, she was supplemented for this race.

Appleby said: "Sound Reflection has always been held in high regard. We were impressed with her at Newmarket and she backed up well in a small contest at Kempton, which she won nicely.

"We've supplemented her because she has shown us enough progression to justify her running in the race. We believe she is a filly for next year over 10 furlongs plus.

"We're not sure she is precocious enough to win a Group One race at two but she has done well physically since Kempton and we think she deserves the opportunity."

The are three Irish challengers with Aidan O'Brien running Wonderfully, a sister to Mars but well behind Rizeena in the Moyglare.

Paul Deegan's Avenue Gabriel and Pat Fahy's Ballybacka Queen also make the journey having met twice before, with Deegan's filly coming out on top narrowly on both occasions.

Fahy is using the trip as a learning experience with next year in mind.

"We think she's got a chance, she's run well with Avenue Gabriel twice and wherever she finishes we won't be far away," said Fahy.

"We're really looking forward to next year with her though and we're dipping our toes in the water tomorrow to see how she travels and how she behaves.

"She's in the Irish Guineas and she'll have an entry in the Oaks, definitely. She'll come into her own over middle distances."

Deegan feels if Rizeena is in the same form as she was in the Moyglare then she will win, but he is hoping to nick a place with Avenue Gabriel.

"She did well to win the last day and she's improving all the time," said Deegan.

"She'll be better over further and she's tough and genuine. She'd have been unlucky not to win the last day.

"On ratings she's a lot to find and I'd be more than happy to be third.

"It's was incredible how mine and Mr Fahy's fillies ran months apart but ran identical races, they are obviously improving at the same rate and are both very smart.

"Strange things can happen at this time of year but Mr Brittain has always held Rizeena in the highest regard and if she's in the same form she was for the Moyglare she should win."


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