Belfast Telegraph

Prepare for a Brittain celebratory victory jig

By Robert Fenton

Expect to see 80-year-old trainer Clive Brittain's dancing feet in action after tomorrow's 1000 Guineas.

Clive is renowned for his traditional celebratory jigs. He doesn't have many horses now, especially good ones but when he does, Clive certainly knows how to get the best out of them as shown when landing this Classic with Pebbles (1984) and Sayyedati (1993).

He hasn't had anything to compare with the great Pebbles, who won this Classic for him back in 1984 under Philip Robinson before going on to take the Eclipse Stakes, Champions Stakes and the Breeders Cup Cup Turf over a mile the following year.

Pat Eddery, who rode her in all her 1985 victories, described her a a true great, after brushing aside Derby winner Slip Anchor and future Arc victor Rainbow Quest with consummate ease.

Clive would not mention a filly in the same breath as Pebbles unless he was convinced of her ability.

So, when he says Rizeena reminds him so much of Pebbles, then it's time to sit up and take notice.

Such is his confidence in Rizeena, he toyed with the idea of taking on the colts in today's Classic as she would have had a 3lb weight allowance.

But if you can win the 1000 Guineas, why overstretch yourself by taking on the boys.

His decision not to, can be rewarded.

"I have been fortunate to have some very good animals to train – colts and fillies, but mainly fillies – and when one comes along that makes your heart miss a beat when you watch them, you know that's the one," he said.

At around 3/1 and having beaten Aidan O'Brien's fancied Tapesty in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last autumn at the Curragh, Rizeena represents a sold bet and is well worth following throughout the season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are 5/6 to win the title and those odds will look generous if they win tonight at Everton.

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