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Rizeena ready to get serious

Clive Brittain would be unfazed if Rizeena did not have a prep run for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

The Iffraaj filly enjoyed a superb juvenile campaign, winning four of her eight starts, including the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot over five furlongs and the seven-furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

She signed off for the season with a creditable second in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

The two obvious trial races for Rizeena are the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket and the Fred Darling at Newbury, but Brittain is in no rush to formulate a gameplan.

The Newmarket handler said: "She's wintered very well indeed and she's right where we want her before she starts serious training.

"I'm very happy with the progress she's made. Physically she's done very well and filled out.

"She weights 495 kilos at the moment and she was 465 kilos when she was racing last year.

"She has a lot of good condition, but it hasn't gone to her belly.

"She looks like an athlete, and that's what she is.

"I always think it is difficult to make definite plans at this time of year. Newbury could be good (ground) and Newmarket could be good, but both could also be bottomless.

"She is a filly who works well, so I don't think it would be a problem if she didn't have a run (before the Guineas).

"We'll just see how the filly comes along and the races are there if we need them."