Rizeena heads 1000 Guineas contenders
A total of nineteen fillies have been declared for this Sunday’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket but there was some high profile withdrawals at this morning’s declaration stage.
Last season’s Prestige Stakes winner Amazing Maria and Fred Darling victor J Wonder were the two higher profile fillies not included, with the latter being pointed towards the French equivalent, whilst the former has been withdrawn after a dirty scope, as trainer Ed Dunlop confirmed.
Dunlop said: “Unfortunately Amazing Maria didn’t scope clean this morning and will miss the Guineas. It’s a terrible blow for her owner Sir Robert Ogden and the staff but a few of my recent runners have been running below par.
“We’re monitoring the situation and we’ll see how she is but she is also in the French 1,000 Guineas next week and the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the end of the month.”
Clive Brittain’s Rizeena is the current ante-post market leader and her trainer is confident of a big run from last season’s Moyglare winner who will have the assistance of Champion jockey Richard Hughes in the plate.
“Everything’s fine. The draw’s (seven) not too worrying and the ground will be perfect as far as I’m concerned,” said Brittain
“With Richard riding I’ve no lack of confidence in the jockey.
“He hasn’t sat on her, but he sat behind her last year and beat her once, so he knows enough about her.
“There are 19 runners so you always think you need a bit of luck, but if you’ve got the best horse you’ll win. That’s the way I look at it.”
George Margarson’s Lucky Kristale, who defeated Rizeena in the Duchess of Cambridge Strakes at Newmarket last season is also included in the entries, with Aidan O’Brien double handed with Tapestry and Bracelet.
Godolphin are also double handed with UAE 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner Ihtimal and Majeyda, whilst the French will be represented by both Miss France and Vorda.
Charlie Hills has the impressive Kiyoshi in the field, whilst last month’s Nell Gwyn winner Sandiva and Frankel’s half sister Joyeuse are also set to line up.
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