Rizeena delights in workout
Veteran trainer Clive Brittain has a third 1000 Guineas triumph in his sights after Rizeena came through her latest work with flying colours.
The 79-year-old sage of Newmarket is confident Rizeena can join Pebbles (1984) and Sayyedati (1993) on the fillies' Classic roll of honour.
Her one-mile gallop on the Al Bahathri Polytrack gave Brittain even more cause for optimism as Rizeena worked with panache in the hands of her big-race jockey Ryan Moore on Tuesday morning, when she was accompanied by regular work companion Afkar.
Brittain is likely to give Rizeena one more serious piece of work ahead of her day with destiny over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on Sunday week.
"She did some nice work over a mile up the Al Bahathri. We were very pleased with the way she worked and the way she came out of the work," he said.
"Ryan was as happy riding her, as much as what we all were watching her.
"She will probably have one work on grass before she gets within six kilos of her racing weight and she's getting close to that. It just depends on what the ground is like.
"She's an easy filly to do. She goes out at five o'clock in the morning and never gets herself over-excited.
"She certainly fills your eye and is putting condition on, not fat. She's just where we want her."
Among the work-watchers was former jockey Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.
"She worked very well and we were very pleased with her. She always does because she is the best in the stable," said Raymond.
"She just cruised up to him on the bridle. It was good work and she's on song for the Guineas."
Rizeena is already a Group One winner, thanks to her success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh last September.