Cityscape third in Canada
Favourite lands the spoils as British raiders struggle
Last Updated: 16/09/12 11:46pm
Cityscape: Finished third in Canada
Cityscape finished a respectable third in the Grade One Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes in Canada.
The feature event on the card was won in ready fashion by the favourite Wise Dan under Johnny Velazquez who was last month inducted into America's Hall of Fame.
It was a second consecutive win in the race for trainer Charles Lopresti and he could have had few anxious moments with his charge perfectly positioned behind the pace before quickening clear.
Sir Mark Prescott's Worthadd helped cut out the running with Wise Dan in third and Cityscape fourth while Dance And Dance was held up in rear for a late run.
Wise Dan skipped up the inside of Worthadd on the home turn and quickly opened up a commanding advantage with Cityscape labouring three wide on the track.
Roger Charlton's charge, who was giving weight away all round, stuck to his guns and kept on to fill the minor placing with Hunters Bay passing him for second.
Dance And Dance made up some ground for fifth - one spot better than last year - but Worthadd weakened tamely into seventh.
Charlton tweeted: "Cityscape seemed to be in great form before but he was never travelling with his normal zest and was well held in 3rd. Not his day."
Ed Vaughan was in philosophical mood on Twitter: "Dance and Dance fifth, no real excuses #keeptrying".
The Ricoh Mile is a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In event, and Wise Dan's owner/breeder, Morton Fink, didn't rule out running the 5-year-old gelding in the Classic on the dirt.