City aims to prove his worth
British raiders set for Canadian challenge
Last Updated: September 14, 2012 1:40pm
Cityscape: Up against it in Canada on Sunday
Roger Charlton feels that Cityscape faces a tough task as he aims to give weight and a beating to eight rivals in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Sunday.
The six-year-old opened his account at Group One level with an astonishing performance in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night at Meydan in March but failed to fire when sent to Hong Kong.
He returned to European action with a creditable fourth in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and bettered that performance when finding only Excelebration too strong in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last month.
Charlton reports his six-year-old to have settled well into his Canadian surroundings, but is wary of the threat posed by American star Wise Dan, a winner of nine of his 15 starts.
"All is good with him, he's settled in well and we'll see what happens," said Charlton.
"He's drawn seven of nine, but I don't expect the draw to prove vitally important.
"It would be great to see him win, but I think it's going to be difficult as he has to give weight to a very good horse (Wise Dan)."
Cityscape is one of three British challengers lining up in the mile contest, with Ed Vaughan's Dance And Dance and Worthadd from the Sir Mark Prescott yard also making the trip.
Dance And Dance was a luckless sixth in last year's renewal and connections are keen to have another crack at the race.
Vaughan told his website www.efvaughan.com: "I'm delighted with Dance And Dance. He looks great but it is a tough race."
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Mohammed Rashid, said: "Dance And Dance was unlucky in the race last year. He travels exceptionally well and is suited to US racing. We are hopeful."