What, on paper, looked a “gimme” for the Clive Brittain trained Rizeena (pictured), in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, was turned into a procession Lucky Kristale, trained locally by George Margarson.
The field was led for several furlongs by the Godolphin filly Fire Blaze and at what looked like quarter horse pace, she was never going to get home. Tom Queally always looked comfortable on board the 20/1 outsider and whilst Rizeena seemed to hang to her left, once Queally got the slpit he was through it like a shot and won pulling up.
This gives a massive boost to the form of the current 2014 1000Gns favourite, Lucky Kristale beaten just over six lengths by the Charlie Hills trained Kiyoshi in the Albany at Royal Ascot and those having been brave (or stupid) enough to take the prices for next years Classic will be sitting happily.
Rizeena stayed on well enough to take second place, without ever looking likely to give the winner a race and whilst she remains a decent enough filly although, on a line through Fig Roll, who has finished fourth here today, you would have to think that’s probably as good as she is and unlikely to give Clive a Classic winner next season.
Khiyoshi now trades 8 on Betfair for next years 1000Gns, which is much to short for a race still 11 months away and keeping that ante-post powder dry for a few months yet might be more prudent than punting now.