reezenaThe Clive Brittain-trained Rizeena bounced back from a disappointing run in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas to win the feature Group One Coronation Stakes under Ryan Moore.

 Brittain, who is 80, is the oldest trainer to have saddled a Royal Ascot winner in modern times and he was confident beforehand.

“I wasn’t worried about the race,” said Brittain. “They could have walked – she is a great walker – and she still would have won. They could have trotted – she is a great trotter –  and she still would have won. But they galloped and she still won. We had covered every angle. All she had to do was turn up and show what she could do. She always had the lead horse in her sights and when she decided to pass her, she did.

“I think we could have won the Irish 1,000 and I was certain that we could have gone to France but we went to Newmarket and I don’t know what happened there, maybe it was the undulations. Richard (Hughes) had the perfect position and she just stopped. It was 10lb to a stone below her best and after that there was a bit of colour in her wash, which rang alarm bells, so we stopped and started again. She has now been to Newmarket four times and not won

“Days don’t get better than this and I think we will come back here for the big meeting and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Why not? I wouldn’t be against taking on the colts again.

“I’ve got two standout three-year-olds, Brazos who was beaten by the ground in the Jersey Stakes, and this filly. These two are the basics for getting me up in the morning. Although I’ve only got 20 two-year-olds, I think eight of them are Listed or Group class.”



 Ryan Moore took the lead in the QIPCO Leading Jockey at Royal Ascot table after his third victory of the week on Rizeena in the Group One Coronation Stakes over the round mile for three-year-old fillies.

The rider said: “She was the best two-year-old filly last year and she won the Queen Mary and a Moyglare. It’s good for her to come back and I am delighted for Mr Brittain and his team – it’s a great day.

“There was no pace – it was a crawl and ridiculous, really. We went quicker to the start then the first quarter-mile. A messy race, I was able to get a nice spot but I was in front earlier than I ideally would have liked to have been.

“She doesn’t want to be in front that soon but my hand was kind of forced. It was a long way, that last furlong, but she was the fastest in the race and just did enough.

“She does not do a lot when she gets there. It is great that she has come back to form and she is top-class.

“I was puzzled with her performance in the 1000 Guineas – she ran seventh and I thought she would be involved (in the finish). She has never run a good race at Newmarket – that was the first thought. She had a little setback then and maybe there was something hanging over her.

“Her work was good leading up to the Guineas and it was same before here so we were not sure why she disappointed. Today she put it all together. She is quite a big filly and needs the sting taken out of the ground.

“I was disappointed (to lose) on Estimate (in yesterday’s Gold Cup) – she ran a great race and was beaten by a very good horse. It was probably her best form.”



 Lesstalk In Paris bounced back to form after a disappointing run in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) with a solid effort in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon, staying on strongly at the death to go down by three quarters of a length behind eventual winner Rizeena.

The 15/2 shot was found to be in season following her most recent run at Longchamp and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget was relieved that she’d shown something near her best today.

“We almost won but I am relieved that she’s run well here,” said Rouget.

“She was found to be in season after her Longchamp run which went some way to explaining her poor effort but it’s nice she showed her real form here.

“I was also a bit worried as the form line of the Pouliches isn’t that good but she’s a good filly and I hope she can win a good race this year.

“I doubt she will go to the Falmouth Stakes (at Newmarket) as she would have to stay here for a while. It’s possible but we love Deauville so I think she will go there. The Prix Rothschild will probably be her aim. There is still a bonus for French-bred horses there so it would be a sensible plan.”

Marco Botti, trainer of the third-placed Euro Charline, revealed that his filly will now be heading to America after this run.

“I’m delighted with her run but she’s going to America now,” said the trainer.

“Her owners (Team Valor) want her to run in the States and have a race at Saratoga in mind later in the year. She will run for me in that race and then she will stay over here.

“It’s a shame but we’ve always liked her. I thought she ran well in the 1,000 Guineas and didn’t disgrace herself. I don’t think she handled the dip at Newmarket but I knew the ground and track would suit her much better here.”


Fourth race result

 4.25pm Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

£375,000 total prize fund. For 3yo fillies, 1m (rnd) Weights 9st. Penalty value 1st £212,662.50 2nd £80,625.00 3rd £40,350.00 4th £20,100.00 5th £10,087.50 6th £5,062.50


1) RIZEENA (IRE) (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [7] 11/2

2) LESSTALK IN PARIS (IRE) (Ecurie Tepper) Jean-Claude Rouget FR 3-9-00 Christophe Soumillon [8] 15/2

3) EURO CHARLINE (Team Valor) Marco Botti 3-9-00 Andrea Atzeni [1] 16/1

4) MY TITANIA (IRE) (Christopher Tsui) John Oxx IRE 3-9-00 Declan McDonogh [4]

5) SANDIVA (IRE) (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Fahey 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [5]

6) TAPESTRY (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Flaxman Stables) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [2]

7) J WONDER (USA) (Andrew Rosen) Brian Meehan 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [11]

8) RADIATOR (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 James Doyle [10]

9) LIGHTNING THUNDER (Mohammed Al Kubaisi & Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) Olly Stevens 3-9-00 Olivier Peslier [9] 5/2f

10) KIYOSHI (Qatar Racing Limited) Charlie Hills 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [3]

11) LUCKY KRISTALE (Graham Lodge Partnership) George Margarson 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [6]

UR) ROSALIND (USA) (Landaluce Educe Stables & Ray Struder) Kenneth McPeek USA 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [12]

12 ran

Time: 1m 40.73s

Distances: ¾, hd, 1¼, hd, ¾, sh, nk, nk, sh, 5

Breeder: Roundhill Stud

Breeding: b f Iffraaj – Serena´s Storm (IRE) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))

Tote      Win £7.20          Place £2.40 £3.00 £4.20             Exacta £48.60


Winning trainer:-Name: Brittain, Clive Edward Born: Calne, Wiltshire, 15/12/33 Trains at Carlburg Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Brittain first earned money out of horses at the age of eight, breaking in ponies. He served his apprenticeship with Sir Noel Murless, for whom he worked as a groom for 23 years. Wife Maureen was Murless’ secretary, and she eventually became secretary for Brittain. Helped by some gambling winnings, largely gleaned from Altesse Royale’s win in the 1971 Oaks, he set up as a trainer from Pegasus House Stables in Newmarket in 1972, having his first winner, Vedvyas, at Doncaster on April 1 of that year. Three years later he moved across town to his current yard, which was purchased for him by his then principal patron, Captain Marcos Lemos. Date of first licence: 1972 First winner: Vedvyas, Doncaster, April 1, 1972 British Classic wins (6):QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles,1993 Sayyedati); QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1991 Mystiko); Investec Oaks (1992 User Friendly), Ladbrokes St Leger (1978 Julio Mariner, 1992 User Friendly)First Royal Ascot win: Averof (June 6, 1974 – St James’s Palace Stakes) Royal Ascot Wins (18): St James’s Palace Stakes (1974 Averof, 1976 Radetzky), Queen Anne Stakes (1978 Radetzky, 1991 Sikeston, 1993 Alflora), Queen’s Vase (1982 Evzon), Coronation Stakes (2000 Crimplene, 2014 Rizeena), Royal Hunt Cup (1985 Come On The Blues), Hardwicke Stakes (1985 Jupiter Island), Chesham Stakes (1987 Lapierre, 1995 World Premier, 2010 Zaidan), Ribblesdale Stakes (1992 Armarama), Britannia Handicap (1992 Efharisto), King Edward VII Stakes (1996 Amfortas), Jersey Stakes (2003 Membership), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Wins (1983-2013):45: 33: 51: 39: 38: 40: 36: 42: 53: 63: 37: 37: 51: 35: 26: 23: 40: 27: 28: 31: 41: 28: 32; 48; 28; 27; 44; 41; 19; 16; 21Wins This Year: 6


Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002.Appointed stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen) Irish Classic Wins (2): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (24): Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray; 2013 Opinion), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar)Number of Wins (2000-2013): 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116; 194 Wins in 2014: 77