Rizeena was the last top-class performer trained by Clive Brittain. Perhaps that was fitting given the trainer’s deft touch with fillies.
One of Europe’s top two-year-olds of 2013, when she won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, Rizeena bounced back from a poor run in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas to prove that she was a top three-year-old as well when landing the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She stayed on strongly to beat Lesstalk In Paris by three-quarters of a length that day.
That was to be her last success – and the final time Brittain would perform a victory jig in the winner’s enclosure after a win at the highest level.
Afterwards she finished a fine second to Integral in the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes, fourth to Kingman in the Prix Jacques Le Marois and second in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.
In 2015, she ran only three times, the pick of her efforts being when runner-up in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.