Monday, 13 May 2013


Cityscape ready to stake claim

Trainer Roger Charlton sees a chance for JLT Lockinge Stakes-bound Cityscape to establish himself as the champion miler this season.

Cityscape: Has chance to take centre stage this season
Cityscape: Has chance to take center stage this season

Although Cityscape never quite recaptured the brilliance of his Dubai Duty Free win last March, he ran several other fine races in defeat.
With Frankel and Excelebration now retired, the Khalid Abdullah-owned seven-year-old has the opportunity to play a leading role in the big events at this trip.
Charlton is happy with his progress ahead of his seasonal reappearance at Newbury on Saturday.
The Beckhampton handler said: "It is challenging training a seven-year-old entire as some can get idle and lazy at home, and he's had his difficulties and issues along the way.
"It's been well documented that it hasn't been easy this winter, but he seems to have come to hand in the last few weeks. He certainly went exceptionally well fresh last year and he's been a remarkably consistent horse.
"He's run in seven countries and run up to form in each of them, with the odd exception.
"He has been frustratingly beaten on occasions, but he's always maintained his level of form. There is chance now in the mile division.
"For obvious reasons (same ownership) we had to avoid Frankel and we wouldn't have finished within many lengths of him, so we had to travel a lot which is tough, but he always ran his race. This year he should have a clearer run at things."


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