Royal Ascot: Rizeena bounces back

Royal Ascot: Rizeena bounces back
Photo: Harris Equine Photography

Rizeena bounced back to her very best level in winning the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, as Team Valor's Euro Charline was a luckless third behind Clive Brittain's winner.
Sent off the favourite for the English 1,000 Guineas at the beginning of May, Rizeena disappointed in that contest, but with Ryan Moore back about today at Royal Ascot Rizeena exploded in the stretch of this one turn mile to reward connections for their persistence at the highest level, eventually extending away for a comfortable one and a half lengths success.
Euro Charline found trouble in running again under Andrea Atzeni as she was short of room on the rail, but eventually ran on well for third whilst Christophe Soumillon powered home late and fast on Lesstalk In Paris to grab second.
Rosalind dipped exiting the stalls at the start, unshipping jockey Kieren Fallon in the process. 
"We went to Newmarket [last time] and I don't know what happened, maybe it was the undulations she's been to Newmarket four times and not won," said Clive Brittain "Days don't get better than this, and I think we'll come back for the big meeting in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes [on Champions' Day]."
Sunset Glow responded well to the urgings of Victor Espinoza in the day's opening contest, the Albany Stakes, but she was no match for the late charging effort of Cursory Glance and jockey Andrea Atzeni. Cursory Glance is trained by Roger Varian, who also trains one of the favourite's for Saturday's feature race the Diamond Jubliee Stakes in Aljamaaheer
Owned by George Bolton, part owner of The Factor and Curlin amongst others, Contributer got a token win on the board for America in the Wolferton Handicap, halting the chances of The Queen getting a winner on the board at her own meeting as her Bold Sniper finished second.
Eagle Top was impressive in claiming the 'Ascot Derby', the King George VII Stakes ahead of Aidan O'Brien's AdelaideJohn Gosden stated after the race that he would prefer to keep this stunning three year old at the mile and a half distance rather than stepping up towards targeting the St Leger. A path similar to that followed by Nathaniel in his own three year old career has been mooted as a probability for Eagle Top.
Hartnell and Louis The Pious were the final winners on Friday's card.
Saturday sees the conclusion of Royal Ascot, with the feature race being the six furlongs Diamond Jubilee Stakes for which Slade Power and Aljamaaheer are vying for favouritism. 
Trained by Edward Lynam, Slade Power will bid to back up the first day win of his stable mate Sole Power.
Aidan O'Brien runs two American exports in the race in the form of Darwin and Due Dilligence with Joseph O'Brien and Ryan Moore booked to ride.
Kevin Ryan has a strong stable of three year olds this year and his Astaire enters this race potentially as the surprise package, having run them all into the ground as a two year old over this distance. 
Sir Michael Stoute will be bidding to win the Hardwicke Stakes as he goes double handed into the race with the increasingly frustrating Telescope and HillstarDandino was second in this race last year behind the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale and will bid to go one better on his seasonal reappearance. 
Across The Pond's Three To Follow for Saturday
ARAB SPRING (Race 2 : Duke of Edinburgh Handicap)
Arab Spring caught my eye on debut last year when he finished with a flourish to grab second in a Newmarket maiden, and it has been a case of follow him wherever he goes since.
That method has proved profitable thus far, with Arab Spring victorious in all three of his subsequent starts, and he looks a progressive Group performer for Sir Michael Stoute. With that in mind, this handicap has to be at his mercy.
With Ryan Moore booked to ride Cordero for Wesley Ward in the first race, this could be Moore's second winner of the day despite the large weight allocated to this horse. 
PETHER'S MOON (Race 3 : Hardwicke Stakes)
There's every chance that Ryan Moore could grab another win here if Telescope ever shows his true ability, but Pether's Moon will relish this ground and looks overpriced.
Richard Hannon's was narrowly repelled over course and distance by Gatewood last month, that run coming after a strong second place finish to Gospel Choir in the Jockey Club Stakes, and this looks a weak Hardwicke Stakes in which he can succeed.
DANDY BOY (Race 5 : Wokingham Handicap)
It was hard to decide between this horse and one in the Group 1, but Dandy Boy could be on an incredibly light mark if he can return to his best level of form.
The winner of this two years ago, Dandy Boy is on a five pounds better mark for this handicap contest with a jockey on board in Pat Dobbs who is a perfect 1-for-1 when riding this gelding in handicap races. Outside of Group 1 races, Dandy Boy's record at this track is incredibly good and he receives a favourable draw for his run style to suggest he is about to run a huge race.  



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