, a disappointing classic starter last time out, repelled strong bids from Lesstalk In Paris
and Euro Charline
to win the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies June 20 at Royal Ascot.
Ryan Moore piloted the Iffraaj filly to a three-quarter-length triumph, her second group I win and fifth overall triumph from 10 career starts for Sheikh Rashid Dalmook al Maktoum and 80-year-old trainer Clive Brittain.
A top-class juvenile last year as winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh and Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at the royal meet, Rizeena bounced back to from off a lackluster seventh in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 4 at Newmarket to start the 2014 season. She missed the Irish equivalent after bleeding following a workout.
, dead-heat winner of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Eng-I) this spring at Keeneland
for trainer Ken McPeek, stumbled as the gate opened and dumped Kieren Fallon, getting the race started with a dramatic flair.
took up the early running under a snug hold from Jimmy Fortune and plodded along at the front pursued My Titania
, Rizeena, and Euro Charline, all keen to race. Ready when given the cue, Rizeena hit the front over a furlong out and dug in when France-based Lesstalk In Paris charged from midfield down the center of the track to come up short. Euro Charline held on to finish third, just a head farther behind.
Rizeena was timed in 1:40.73 on firm turf.
"I wasn't worried about the pace," Brittain told England's Press Association. "She's a lovely walker, so they could have walked and she would have won. She's a lovely trotter, they could have trotted and she would have won. But they galloped, and she's great at that too and won."
Brittain indicated a return to Ascot later in the year was possible.
"We'll probably come back for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I, in October) on Champion's Day," he said
Lightning Thunder, the 5-2 favorite over My Titania, had a wide trip and finished ninth.
Rabbah Bloodstock, which manages the racing interests of friends and business associates of Sheikh Mohammed, bought Rizeena for $80,360 from breeder Honora Corridan's Round Hill Stud at the Tattersalls October yearling sale.
Her dam is the winning Statue of Liberty mare Serena's Storm, a half sister to Australian group II winner Puissance de Lune, who was twice group I-placed. The family includes United States champion 3-year-old filly Serena's Song.