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Rizeena sharp for Curragh

Rizeena is expected to strip much fitter in the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh next weekend.

Clive Brittain's filly was winter favourite for Newmarket's equivalent, but disappointed somewhat in finishing only seventh, beaten over four lengths.

Connections decided not to give her a run before that race given she had eight outings as a juvenile, winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

However, Bruce Raymond, owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's racing manager, feels she may have been better served by having a prep outing before the Classic.

"She's OK, we're making all the travel arrangements now," said Raymond.

"Clive is happy with her.

"I don't think the ground was the excuse at Newmarket. When you get beat you immediately look for a reason why and that was the first thing we came up with.

"While she probably is better with an ease, it wasn't the reason for her defeat.

"I think, in hindsight, if we had the time again, she would probably have run in one of the trials.

"That race should have put her right, though, and we can 't use that excuse again."