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Brittain belief in Rizeena

Clive Brittain believes Rizeena will be suited by a return to the Curragh this weekend for the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The veteran Newmarket handler thinks the reason for her defeat at Newmarket in the English version is due to an aversion of Headquarters as she has never won there, be it on the Rowley Mile or the July Course, in four attempts.

She was only narrowly beaten in the Fillies' Mile last season but given her only other defeat came against the colts in the Prix Morny at Deauville, for now he is happy to be taking his stable star away from home again.

"She's well travelled, she's been to Deauville, she's been to Ireland so she's been on a plane a few times," Brittain told At The Races.

"She won in Ireland and she ran a cracking good race at Deauville. The only place she hasn't run at her peak is Newmarket.

"She ran a cracking race on debut at Newmarket, then broke her maiden at Ascot no problem. (She) went to Sandown against the boys over a stiff five, no problem, back to Ascot to win the Queen Mary, no problem. But when she went back to Newmarket, whether Rowley Mile or July Course, she hasn't produced that spark so we're just putting it down to that.

"The filly is primed and ready to go. She's one work away from her racing weight, give or take a couple of kilos for travelling, so I'm going back to Ireland with as much confidence as I went for the Moyglare."

Lightning Thunder, runner-up in the Newmarket Guineas, Al Thakhira and Evita Peron are the other possibles from England.

The home team looks strong this year, with John Oxx's My Titania, a late absentee from Newmarket, and the Dermot Weld-trained duo of Vote Often and Tested potentially big players.

Aidan O'Brien can also choose from Palace, Marvellous and Wonderfully.

Avenue Gabriel, Ballybacka Queen, Heart Focus and Queen Of Power make up the rest of the possibles.