Brittain left in high spirits as Rizeena returns to form in Coronation Stakes

Rizeena wins the Coronation Stakes'Royal Ascot 20/06/14 ANL-140624-164134002
Rizeena wins the Coronation Stakes'Royal Ascot 20/06/14 ANL-140624-164134002

Rizeena justified confidence shown in her by trainer Clive Brittain at Royal Ascot on 
Friday with a decisive win in the Coronation Stakes.

Having failed to fire in last month’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, the three-year-old returned to her sparkling best when finishing with a flourish to take the Group One mile contest.

“I wasn’t worried about the race,” said the Newmarket handler. “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.

“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. I wouldn’t be against taking on the colts again.”

Fellow town trainer Sir Michael Stoute enjoyed his best meeting at the Berkshire venue in a long time after ending the five day meeting as the leading trainer after saddling four winners.

The Freemason Lodge handler enjoyed victories with Integral in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, Cannock Chase in the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes, and Arab Spring in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and Telescope in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes.

Most impressive out of his quartet of winners was one-time Derby leading Derby hopeful Telescope who routed his nine rivals by seven-lengths in the 1m4f contest.

“Telescope has never run a bad race, though he had been a little bit disappointing so far this year, but only because he has been on the wrong ground,” said Stoute. “He just had to go and do it today so it is a relief.

“It is great to see him win like that as we have always held in high regard.”

Stoute’s Bury Road neighbour John Gosden also enjoyed a profitable meeting by sending out four winners across the five-days.

Following Kingman’s win in the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of the meeting Gosden enjoyed further success with The Fugue in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Eagle Top in the King Edward VII Stakes, and Richard Pankhurst, who is bred and owned by wife Rachel Hood, in the Listed Chesham Stakes.

Other Newmarket trainers that found themselves among the winners were Ed Dunlop and Roger Varian

Snailwell Road handler Dunlop took the Listed Wolferton Handicap with Contributer, while Varian tasted success after Cursory Glance pocketed the Group Three Albany Stakes.