Rizeena to miss 1000 Guineas
Clive Brittain’s Rizeena will miss this weekend’s 1000 Guineas at the Curragh having suffered a set-back in her preparations at home on Thursday morning.
A winner of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the track last season, Brittain’s charge had been fancied to put in a big showing in this Sunday’s showpiece despite a tame effort in the Newmarket equivalent on her reappearance, but is now set to miss out on another Irish raid, after a small trickle of blood was found coming from the nose after a routine piece of exercise.
Brittain said: “It’s heartbreaking, but it’s what the game is all about. You have your good days, and you have your bad days.
“She’d done all her major work six days ago, and was only having a blow-out. The girl who looks after her was very happy with her, as always. But an hour later, after the horse had a wash-down, we found a bit of blood coming out of her near-side nostril.
“It was only a trickle, but if there is in any doubt, we always take them out. It could be something over nothing, but you can’t take any risks.
“The filly is still bright-eyed and alert. I don’t think we’ve a sick animal on our hands.”
By Kevin Walsh
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