Rizeena wins the Coronation Stakes when ridden by Ryan MoorePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Rizeena rider wanted for Falmouth showdown
CORONATION STAKES winner Rizeena may have a new big-race jockey if she takes her chance in Friday's Qipco Falmouth Stakes.
Her Royal Ascot-winning partner Ryan Moore has been claimed for Integral and Richard Hughes, who rode the filly in the 1,000 Guineas, is set to be aboard Sky Lantern in the same race.
James Doyle, who has ridden Rizeena to two successes, including in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last year, is without a ride in the race but may be required by Khalid Abdullah for Joyeuse at York the same day.
While Rizeena is one of nine engaged in the Group 1 race, her participation has yet to be confirmed. She has been beaten on all four starts at Newmarket, including once on the July course, and trainer Clive Brittain might wait for the Prix Rothschild.
He said: "The filly is very well. We've had a nice bit of rain. I haven't spoke to Sheikh Rashid [Dalmook Al Maktoum, owner] so we haven't discussed it. At the moment she's in the race. If it looked right she could run, but no firm decision has been made.
"Ryan and Richard have got rides, but then James Doyle could be available. If we decide to go it'll mean we have the horse. We'll worry about the jockey later."
A decision on whether Purr Along, third behind Integral in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, will tackle the Falmouth will be made after the Johnny Murtagh-trained filly works tomorrow.
Murtagh said: "Purr Along came out of her Royal Ascot race well. The plan is to work her on Tuesday and I'll talk to the owners and decide about Newmarket in midweek."
Up to 8mm of rain fell at Newmarket on Saturday and the going remained good to firm on Sunday.
A mixture of sunshine and showers are forecast until Wednesday and, after early rain on Thursday, the outlook for the July festival is largely warm and dry.
Already in Newmarket is Spanish runner Noozhoh Canarias, who is set to have his first start since finishing sixth in the 2,000 Guineas in the Darley July Cup.
Trainer Enrique Leon said: "We came a week ago. Everything is fine. Christophe Soumillon will ride the horse. The 2,000 has worked out very strongly. It was raining a bit this morning but I hope there's not too much more."