City Style: vastly imporved in Dubai, now set for Singapore assignmentPICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins
Can Dubai star City turn on Singapore style?
Preview: Singapore, Sunday 1.40pm BST (live on ATR and RUK)
Kranji: Singapore Airlines International Cup (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 2yo+
GODOLPHIN bid for a degree of respite from a challenging start to the European season when City Style (Mahmood Al Zarooni/ Mickael Barzalona) represents the Dubai team in Singapore on Sunday.
The six-year-old, in the best form of his life at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, faces a cosmopolitan field featuring horses from France, Germany and Hong Kong in the Singapore Airlines International Cup, a Sin$3m (£1.5m) event that Godolphin won ten years ago with Grandera.
A reproduction of his fine third to Cityscape in the Dubai Duty Free would make City Style a major contender here, but he must overcome a wide draw on softish ground that doesn't look ideal.
Speaking on the Godolphin website, Mahmood Al Zarooni said: "City Style has improved a great deal this season and he looks to be a different horse compared to previous seasons.
"It will be the first time he is trying a mile and a quarter but I think that the step up could be in his favour. He was staying on well on all of his starts at Meydan this year and it will be interesting to see how he performs over this distance.
"Mickael Barzalona gets on very well with City Style and I am hopeful of another big run."
Rivals include Zazou (Waldemar Hickst/Andreas Suborics), a fair fifth in the Dubai World Cup and proven on the likely ground, plus progressive filly Dream Peace (Robert Collet/Gerald Mosse) and Chinchon (Olivier Peslier/Carlos Laffon-Parias) from France. Both are well travelled, with the latter a Grade 1 winner in the States.
Hong Kong is well represented with three Group 1 winners, namely Audemars Piguert QEII Cup runner-up Thumbs Up (Caspar Fownes/Brett Prebble), California Memory (Tony Cruz/Felix Coetzee) and former Clive Brittain-trained Zaidan (John Moore/James McDonald).
The veteran Waikato (Laurie Laxon/Opie Bosson), twice in the frame in this race in the past, once again looks best of the home contingent.
>>Local outsider Always Certain has been scratched with a minor fetlock injury. His trainer Michael Freedman saddled Super Easy (Joao Moreira) for a spectacular victory in Friday's Singapore Guineas in which the the champion three-year-old overcame all sorts of trouble to take his unbeaten record to ten.