Winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and runner-up to crack American colt No Nay Never in the Prix Morny in Deauville, Rizeena came through strongly in the final furlong to beat the favourite Kiyoshi and the unlucky, Aidan O’Brien-trained Tapestry in convincing style.
A Steward Enquiry into interference between the second and the third followed. Predictably the placings were reversed, with Tapestry promoted to second and Jamie Spencer, ride of Kiyoshi, was suspended for four days for careless riding.
After doing his customary jig in the winner’s enclosure, Clive Brittain, who won the Moyglare with Sayyedati back in 1992, admitted: “I’ve trained a few good fillies over the years and this filly is exceptionally good. On her form, I couldn’t understand why she was 7/1 during the week.”
He added: “She’s a lovely big filly and needs a rhythm. I have always trained her that way. Unfortunately, she was taken out at the start of the race in Deauville. It took her a while to get into her rhythm but, when she did, she was flying.
“The fast ground and track didn’t suit her in Newmarket — she was lugging and hanging, something she never does.
“I knew we could win the Morny, but things didn’t work out for her and I was double confident coming here.”
Looking to the future, Brittain added: “She has the temperament to make a three-year-old and she’ll have one more run this year — we could take on the filly that beat us at Newmarket in the Cheveley Park or go to France for the Marcel Boussac — I’d like to win in three countries!”
The rest of the card, at least the non-handicaps, belonged to Ballydoyle as Great White Eagle, Say, Dazzling and Victory Song provided Aidan and Joseph O’Brien with a superb 50.5/1 four-timer.
Either the National Stakes or, more likely, the Middle Park Stakes in Newmarket is on the agenda for Great White Eagle, which justified 1/3 favouritism in workmanlike style in the Group 3 Go And Go Round Tower Stakes.
“He got trapped out wide, which is a hard thing to do here,” said Aidan. “But he’s a colt that travels very strong and has plenty of pace.”
Both Paddy Power and Stan James cut Great White Eagle to 10/1 for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
O’Brien described Say’s win in the Group 3 Dance Design Stakes as “deserved” and admitted: “We’ve been struggling to find her right trip. A mile or nine furlongs looks right for her. She could run in the Matron Stakes next week.”
O’Brien’s Dazzling, another daughter of Galileo, made an impressive debut success in the two-year-old fillies maiden.
“She’s still very green and I wasn’t sure if she’d know enough to win. She’s a big mile-and-a-half filly for next year,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien, who intends leaving Declaration Of War, Magician, Kingsbarns, Ruler Of The World and Camelot in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at today’s forfeit stage, has no firm plans for Victory Song, convincing winner of the finale.
Joanna Morgan, who won the Irish Cambridgeshire twice as a jockey, saddled Moran Gra to land this year’s renewal under champion apprentice Ronan Whelan.
The Willie Mullins-trained Levanto, confidently handled by Johnny Murtagh, will go chasing black type following her success in the mile-and-a-half fillies handicap.
Ray Dawson swooped late on the Eddie Lynam-trained favourite Iron Major to land the apprentice handicap.