Friday 11 April 2014


Racing Post Friday April 11th 2014.  David Milnes brings news from
 Clive Brittain  Carlburg  Newmarket


 “Rizeena given go-ahead for fillies’ Classic

Clive Brittain:  “I’ve invented a new dance for Rizeena's victory” .

Brittain has been eying the 2,000 Guineas as an option for Rizeena, but will now follow the traditional route unless something drastic happens in the colt’s division” .

“And so confident of success is Brittain that he has invented a new dance move he hopes to show off for the first time on the Rowley Mile on May 4. 1,000 Guineas ( 3 year-old fillies)

“Despite being 80,  Nwmarket’s senior trainer can still throw a few shapes, and his Group 1-winning filly has been just as lively on the gallops in the build-up to the Classic for which she is now the general 6-1 favourite.

“He said “I’ve invented a new dance for when Rizi wins. It’s called the tree dance. It’s just like a pole dance but with leaves!” 

“Rizeena is so well thought of at Carlburg Stables she even has her own personalised exercise sheet and could not be better nourished  as her stable is next door to the feed room.

“Brittain, who has won the fillies’ Classic twice before with Pebbles (1984) and Sayyedati  (1993), said: “I would say Rizeena is on a par with those two going into the race.

“She has her own sheet to combat the risk of picking up things from other horses, including ringworm, and anyone who puts a different one on her gets their arse kicked! .

“Winner of  four races as a juvenile , including the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh, the daughter of Iffraaj was narrowly denied a follow-up at the same level in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last September but Brittain says she had excuses:  “We had the race won and then Richard Hughes came and mugged us on Chriselliam.  Rizeena was over the top anyway that day but at least it proved she stays the trip on the Rowley Mile. “

“After a trouble- free winter, Rizeena was given an entry for a possible Classic warm-up in the Dubai Duty Free at Newbury tomorrow but a workout earlier this week forced a re-think.

“He said: Ryan Moore got off her and said she would win the next day as she is so fit, so we’ve decided to go straight to the race.

“After the Guineas we’ll look at the Irish 1,000 and then the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. After that she will be prepared for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and then we could maybe go and take on the French in October, “

“Among the local opposition lying in wait at Newmarket will be Lucky Kristale, who was the subject of an upbeat bulletin from George Margarcon  yesterday despite going into unknown territory. Margason may have yet to taste glory himself, but he does have Dickie McCabe , the lad who did Shergar on his books.

“The trainer said: “It would have been nice to already have had a Group 1 in the bag, but she was forced to miss the Cheveley Park with a foot problem.

“She’s strengthened out and settled in her work, so she looks as if she’ll get the mile and Ryan Powell, who rides her every day, says she’s moving great" .

“The two-time Group 2 winner, a general 12-1 chance for the Guineas, will be heading to the Rowley Mile sooner rather than later.

“Margarson added : “We plan to take her to Newmarket for a gallop at the Craven meeting with two others. Tom Queally will be back on her and we know she handles the track. “


Clive Brittain has won the British 1,000 Guineas twice
before with Pebbles and Sayyedati
Ref: 'The Smiling Pioneer' .
Pebbles in 1984 Chapter Eight  Page 93 -115
Sayyedati in 1993  Chapter Sixteen Page 201 -206
Can he do it again this year with Rizeena? What do you think?
 Chapter Sixteen 1993  Check out what Clive tells us in his book:
‘‘The Smiling Pioneer’ Page 201 - 218.
Chapter Eight opens:
“Pebbles Takes The 1,000 Guineas. “ (1984) 
Clive Brittain on Pebbles.
“She always had it. She was a character. You looked at her and there was something honest. She had this natural ability. She didn’t look for affection. She was very much her own person. “
Pebbles partner P Robinson
Chapter Sixteen opens:
“Sayyedati Takes The 1,000 Guineas. “ (1993)
Clive Brittain on Sayyedati.
“The combination of Brittain and Sayyedati’s  jockey  Walter Swinburn takes a lot of beating. Win, loose or draw they always come back smiling and when they have something as good as this to smile about you cannot but smile with them. “ ‘George Ennor on Sayyedati’s  1,000 Guineas win.
1984 Chapter Eight: Pebbles Takes The Guineas  Page 93 -100
1993 Chapter Sixteen: Sayyedati Captures Another Guineas Page 201 – 206
2014 Can Rizeena win this year?
The fillies' equivalent of the 2000 Guineas, the 1000 Guineas is the youngest of the five classics, having only been around since 1814. " 


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