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Kristale and Rizeena to miss Cheveley Park
THE Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park has been significantly weakened with the trainers of Rizeena and Lucky Kristale declaring the pair will likely miss Saturday's Group 1 contest.
Rizeena will instead target the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile a day earlier, while Lucky Kristale's participation is in serious doubt after a dirty scope.
It had looked like being a face-off between four of the most exciting juvenile fillies of 2013, with Vorda, Rizeena, Kiyoshi and Lucky Kristale all priced between 3-1 and 4-1 at the head of the betting. Rizeena was the 100-30 second favourite with Paddy Power, while Lucky Kristale was a 4-1 shot.
Lucky Kristale's dirty scope is a big blow to local trainer George Margarson who was keen for his two-time Group 2 winner to have a crack at the highest level where she would have opposed old foes Kiyoshi and Queen Catrine.
Margarson said: "Lucky Kristale scoped dirty after she cantered yesterday and her blood was also all wrong when we tested it later. We will continue to run tests but at the moment I would say it's pretty doubtful that she will run."
The daughter of Lucky Story, winner of four of her five races to date, accounted for Rizeena when landing the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket in July. Since then Rizeena finished behind No Nay Never and Vorda in the six furlong Group 1 Prix Morny before winning at the highest level in the Moyglare at the Curragh, her first start over seven furlongs.
Her trainer Clive Brittain said: "She would have run in the Cheveley Park only if the ground was good or softer. As it is drying out, it makes sense to have a crack at the longer race."
The Cheveley Park is a six furlong contest, but rather than drop back in trip Rizeena will step up another furlong for the Fillies' Mile.