Cityscape and James Doyle team up in the Lockinge Stakes at NewburyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cityscape aims to be top dog in Lockinge Stakes
CITYSCAPE has big shoes to fill if he is to live up to his mark as the top-rater miler in Europe and he bids to get off to the perfect start in the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
With Frankel and Excelebration retired to stud, the seven-year-old Cityscape has been left as the top horse over a mile in training.
Cityscape's trainer Roger Charlton feels he has left "a bit to work on" with the flashy chestnut becoming a lazy worker at home as he has aged while his rider James Doyle is excited about Saturday's contest.
"Without Frankel and Cityscape he's the top-rated miler in Europe and he is a very good horse," Doyle said on Channel 4. "He is the best horse that I have sat on."
Cityscape is not favourite for the Lockinge however with that position taken by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Declaration Of War, one of 12 rivals to Cityscape.
On a busy day, racing also takes place at Newmarket, Thirsk, Bangor, Doncaster Uttoxeter and Wexford while the second leg of the US Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, also takes place on Saturday.
Newbury: Good, good to firm in places
Newmarket: Good to firm
Thirsk: Good to soft
Bangor: Good, good to soft in places
Doncaster: Good to soft
Uttoxeter: Chase - soft, good to soft in places; hurdles - good to soft, soft in places
Wexford: Good, good to firm in places