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Rizeena Royal Ascot 19.6.13

Rizeena (right): looks set to face a strong field in the Prix Morny

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Rizeena seeks Group 1 success at Deauville

RIZEENA, clearcut winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, is likely to bid for her first Group 1 in the Prix Morny over six furlongs at Deauville on Sunday.

The Iffraaj filly, runner-up to Lucky Kristale at Newmarket on her only subsequent outing, has thrilled trainer Clive Brittain in recent workouts, producing a level of ability which he believes is good enough to pitch her into any Group 1 for juveniles.

"I couldn't be happier with Rizeena," Brittain said on Tuesday.

"A couple of pieces of work she has done lately suggests she is good enough to go anywhere, and she is more likely to go to France this weekend than the Lowther at York next week.

"It's a Group 1 on Sunday. She has already won a Group 2, and deserves to take her chance. I have still got to see the confirmations, but at this stage I am leaning towards Deauville."

Rizeena, who would be bidding for another British success in the prestigious Deauville race following Reckless Abandon's victory for Clive Cox 12 months ago, is set to face a strong field, which will include No Nay Never, who is now part-owned by Michael Tabor.

The US-trained juvenile, unbeaten in two starts, most recently Royal Ascot's Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, is firmly on course for the race, but Tabor's Great White Eagle, impressive winner of his sole start at Naas for Aidan O'Brien last week and as short as 10-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, is not likely to join him.

O'Brien said: "Great White Eagle is well but it's looking unlikely he'll run in the Morny."

O'Brien added that War Command, runaway winner of the Coventry Stakes, has come out of Sunday's disappointing Phoenix Stakes run well and that the aim was to try him over further than six furlongs.

"He lost a bit of weight on Sunday which would suggest he will improve next time," said O'Brien. "He's been in good form since the race, which followed a good break, and while we haven't made any plans for him I imagine we will be stepping him up in trip."

Another Royal Ascot winner, Kiyoshi, who triumphed by three and a quarter lengths in the Group 3 Albany Stakes, will not be travelling to France as connections focus on the filly's principal target, the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh next month.

Charlie Hills, who trains Kiyoshi, said: "I have taken her out of the Morny. The plan since Ascot has always been the Moyglare as the combination of the step up to seven furlongs and the track will suit her very well."

He added: "Kiyoshi has had a break since Ascot, and has done really well." 

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