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Friday 17 August 2018

Racing days not over yet for Brittain's Rizeena

Trainer Clive Brittain received a considerable boon by the news Rizeena is likely to stay in training as a four-year-old.

This season's Coronation Stakes winner turned in another fine effort in Ireland this weekend when she finished an honourable second behind Fiesolana in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Rizeena has already had a busy year, with Brittain keen to protect his prized asset with a view to next season.

The Newmarket handler said: "She keeps running at a high level every time she runs.

"We were just beaten by a good one on the day, so there are absolutely no regrets about going there.

"She's come back very well from Ireland but we need to discuss whether she runs again this year.

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"It wasn't an easy race in Ireland and she also had to do plenty of travelling - you can't throw a horse into a Group One every weekend.

"The owners are keen to have her in training again next season so why empty the tank now? We've seen that happen to a lot of good horses over the years."

Rizeena still holds entries in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, should Brittain and owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum opt to go to the well once again.

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