Rizeena crowned in Coronation

Hampshire Chronicle: Rizeena, left, held off Euro Charline and Lesstalk In Paris to claim the Coronation Stakes Rizeena, left, held off Euro Charline and Lesstalk In Paris to claim the Coronation Stakes

Rizeena bounced back to her brilliant juvenile form to win an eventful running of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Kieren Fallon was unseated on leaving the stalls from the American raider Rosalind and there was a reluctance for someone to make the pace until Jimmy Fortune sent J Wonder on, with Ryan Moore sat in third on the eventual winner.

Moore made a positive move a good two furlongs from home and kicked clear, but Euro Charline and latterly Lesstalk In Paris laid down late challenges, Clive Brittain's filly ( 11-2) sticking on gamely to beat the French challenger by three-quarters of a length. It was an 18th Royal winner for the veteran handler.

My Titania, having her first run of the year, was prominent early and stayed on again close home to finish just behind the places after being swamped two furlongs out.

Moore said: "She was the best filly last year. She won the Queen Mary. It's good for her to come back. I'm delighted for everyone.

"There was no pace, it was a crawl, it was ridiculous really. We went quicker to the start than we did for the first quarter-mile. She doesn't want to be in front that early, but my hand was kind of forced. It was a long way that last furlong, but she was the fastest horse in the race and she's just done enough."

Brittain is famed for having his string out first on Newmarket Heath, and Moore added: "It's great for Clive. I've had a few early mornings (on the gallops), but it's worked out in the end!"

The trainer, who is going as strong as ever at the age of 80, said: "I wasn't worried (about the slow pace). They could have walked - she's a great walker - and still would have won. They could have trotted - and she's a lovely trotter - and she still would have won. But they galloped and she still won. We covered every angle.

"I've still got the vibes. If you get up at 3.30am every morning you've got to have the vibes.

"We could have won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, I was certain we could have gone to France, but we went to Newmarket. The only thing at the back of my mind was that three times already she'd been to Newmarket and three times she hadn't won.

"I think we'll come back here for the big meeting (Champions Day). The QEII, why not?"

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