06/29/2004 12:00AM

Russian Rhythm to return


Russian Rhythm, the four-time Group 1-winning filly who missed her Royal Ascot assignment in the Queen Anne Stakes because of a leg injury, will return to training this week with an autumn campaign in mind.

A 4-year-old daughter of Kingmambo, Russian Rhythm had been the subject of retirement rumors during the last week after her name failed to appear on the list of nominees for next Tuesday's Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket. On Tuesday, however, Chris Richardson, managing director for Cheveley Park Stud, quashed speculation by announcing that all was once again well with Russian Rhythm.

Trained by Michael Stoute, she was the winner last year of the 1000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes, and the Nassau Stakes. She began her 2004 season by beating males in the one-mile Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 15. She had been expected to take on the top French fillies Six Perfections and Nebraska Tornado in the Queen Anne, but will now try for a repeat victory in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on July 31.