By Simon Jackson at Royal Ascot.
Attendance numbers were up for the third successive day as Rizeena landed the Group 1 Coronation Stakes to secure back to back wins at Royal Ascot.
The Clive Brittain-trained filly hit the big time at the Royal meeting last year when she landed the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes in a superb season where her four victories included the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Yet she came into the race with something to prove after a brace of defeats at Newmarket, the most recent when finishing a disappointing seventh when strongly fancied in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
The filly returned to form in the feature race on Day Four where she tracked the leaders before taking it up a furlong out and was driven out by Ryan Moore to score by three-quarters of a length.
“She was the best two-year-old filly last year and she won the Queen Mary and a Moyglare,” Moore said. “It’s good for her to come back and I am delighted for Mr Brittain and his team. It’s a great day.
“There was no pace – it was a crawl and ridiculous, really. We went quicker to the start than the first quarter-mile. It was a messy race, I was able to get a nice spot but I was in front earlier than I ideally would have liked to have been.
“She doesn’t want to be in front that soon but my hand was forced. It was a long way, that last furlong, but she was the fastest in the race and just did enough.
“She does not do a lot when she gets there. It is great that she has come back to form and she is top-class.
“I was puzzled with her performance in the 1000 Guineas – she ran seventh and I thought she would be involved in the finish. She has never run a good race at Newmarket, that was the first thought. She had a little setback then and maybe there was something hanging over her.
“Her work was good leading up to the Guineas and it was same before here so we were not sure why she disappointed. Today she put it all together. She is quite a big filly and needs the sting taken out of the ground.”
Attendance on the fourth day of Royal Ascot 2014 was 64,123, a seven per cent increase on the 2013 figure of 59,687 and Ascot’s Head of Communications, Nick Smith, was delighted with the numbers.
“It has been another tremendous day at Royal Ascot, with Rizeena leaving her Guineas form behind by taking the Coronation Stakes,” Smith said.
“We now look forward to the final day of Royal Ascot tomorrow (Saturday), which will be another big day with a crowd close to 70,000.”
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