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Cityscape's Ka Ying Star claims top-class Hong Kong glory

Four-year-old makes all to win star-studded debut

Ka Ying Star, the son of Cityscape who raced as Urban Aspect in Britain in 2018 before being sold to Hong Kong, won convincingly on his debut at Sha Tin on 6 January. He is now on track for races like the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Derby.

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Urban Aspect Sold to HK

Progressive Cityscape colt had been favourite for the Cambridgeshire

Urban Aspect, a treble-winning member of the first crop of Cityscape, has been sold to race in Hong Kong, as reported in the Racing Post.

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Cityscape at the double

Urban Aspect looks a black-type horse in the making

Cityscape’s only two runners on Friday both returned winners and the first of the pair, Urban Aspect, will have gone into plenty of notebooks as a future black-type performer.

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Cityscape leads all stallions by percentage of Stakes winners to runners

Cityscape's three big winners this season have taken him to the top of the table as Europe's leading sire by percentage of Stakes winners to runners.

Cityscape is the sire of 13% Stakes winners to runners in 2018, higher than Frankel (7.0%), Galileo (6.4) and Dubawi (6.1%) who occupy the next three places in the table.

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Third Stakes Winner For Cityscape

Give And Take wins the G3 Musidora to become her sire’s second Classic Trial winner

The tenacious Give And Take became the third stakes winner of the season from the first crop of Cityscape when winning the G3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes for her owner-breeder Nicholas Jones and trainer William Haggas.

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He’s The Man

The Broghie Man makes it two stakes winners in two days for Cityscape

Twenty-four hours after Dan’s Dream won the G3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury, it was the turn of Cityscape’s The Broghie Man to win at stakes level when beating a classy field to land the Listed Committed Stakes at Navan.

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Dream Come True

Dan’s Dream wins the G3 Fred Darling Stakes to become the first Group winner for Cityscape

Dan’s Dream has a run in either the English or Irish 1,000 Guineas on her agenda after an impressive victory in the G3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

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New Stakes horse for Cityscape

Freescape, born and bred at Overbury, runs on well to finish third in the Listed Meydan Classic, at the scene of his sire's greatest triumph.

Freescape, a first-crop son of Cityscape, who was successful in a Dundalk maiden in August, finished third of 15 in the one-mile Meydan Classic on 1 March. Trained in Ireland by David Marnane, the flashy chestnut was doing his best work late from a wide draw. He is out of the Bertolini mare Careless Freedom, who has since died. It was at Meydan where Cityscape himself broke the track record winning the G1 Dubai Duty Free, since renamed the Dubai Turf.

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Racing Post acclaim for Cityscape

The Racing Post had a positive assessment of Cityscape in its 'Breeding On A Budget' supplement, calling him 'great value for money' and stating that his 'unexposed talents ... set the pulse racing'

Cityscape's first two-year-olds included eight winners in 2017 ~ not enough to trouble the big-crop stallions at the top of the freshmen table, but enough to make him Europe's leading first-crop sire with fewer than 50 named offspring. Those he beat include Farhh, Reliable Man and Al Kazeem.

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New winner for Cityscape

Hic Bibi makes all to win at Kempton

Hic Bibi scored impressively on her handicap debut to become the latest winner for her first-season sire Cityscape.

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Impressive new winner for Cityscape

Give And Take strikes by 4.5 lengths at Lingfield

The William Haggas-trained Give And Take has been a filly to keep a close eye on ever since her eye-catching at debut at Ascot, in which she finished a running-on second.

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Another winner for Cityscape

Escape The City strikes at Redcar

The Hughie Morrison-trained Escape The City became her sire’s third winner when landing the seven-furlong Novice Auction Stakes at Redcar on Saturday. Bred by MNC Racing, the filly is out of the Catcher In The Rye mare Jasmeno – who is back in foal to Cityscape – and had been runner-up on her previous start at Salisbury on 17 August.

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Ballymount strikes again

Progressive Cityscape gelding lands his second win

Ballymount, who became Cityscape’s first winner on 4 June, has won again in France, landing the 1400m Prix Isabelle Desmarais (Class 2) at La Teste de Buch on Wednesday.

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First winner for Cityscape

Ballymount strikes in France

Cityscape's first runner Ballymount, trained by Eoghan O'Neill, sprung wings close home to win a maiden race in France on Prix du Jockey-Club day. The chestnut, who was a €14,000 yearling purchase was beaten just over a length when fourth on his debut last week, flying at the finish, and needed every yard of the 1,200m trip this time, winning the €13,000 contest at Senonnes-Pouance by a short-head.

'I'm delighted with him!, said winning trainer O'Neill. 'He got home after his race last week, slept for two days then came out bucking and kicking. He was begging to race again! It's nice to have one like him, a precocious two-year-old who can stay seven furlongs this early in the season. There's a Classe 1 race for him in a fortnight at Saint-Cloud over 1,400m, and that'll help us decide if he can keep climbing up the ladder.'

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Is She Diesel wins twice in 24 hours

Schiaparelli mare proves her toughness with Ballinrobe double

Schiaparelli’s first-crop daughter Is She Diesel recorded her first victory on Monday evening at Ballinrobe, swiftly followed by her second at the same course less than 23 hours later.

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Delegator already proving popular at new fee

Successful first-season sire Delegator, whose undefeated daughter Delectation ran away with the G3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes, has had his fee raised to £5,000 Oct 1, SLF  – and he is already attracting plenty of mares. 

The highly rated son of Dansili stands at Overbury Stud and has made a decidedly impressive start to his stud career, with seven winners from his first 21 runners. As well as Delectation, who is being pointed towards a 1,000 Guineas campaign, Delegator has sired Accidental Agent, who won the fiercely competitive 26-runner £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. Clive Cox's impressive Newbury nursery winner Graphite Storm has won his latest two starts and may well progress into Stakes company.

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Cityscape filly sells for 68,000gns

Daughter of Listed winner Firebelly to be trained by Hugo Palmer

A first-crop daughter of Cityscape turned heads at Tattersalls this week when selling to Amanda Skiffington on behalf of MV Magnier, Tim Gredley and Paul Shanahan for 68,000gns.

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Cityscape yearling sells for €52,000

Half-brother to Italian Classic winner the first to be sold at Arqana’s August Sale

Jackie Penny’s colt out of the Diktat mare Dictatrix became the first Cityscape yearling to be offered for sale when consigned through Haras des Granges at Arqana’s August Sale.

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Cityscape filly foal fetches 30,000gns at Tattersalls

Liam Norris secures good-walking daughter of Firebelly
25 November 2015

A selection of foals from Cityscape’s first crop are currently going under the hammer at Tattersalls, and they were led on Tuesday by an athletic filly out of Firebelly, who is owned in partnership by Overbury Stud and Dukes Stud.

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'Breeding Confidence': introducing innovative new terms for Cityscape

Third-season nominations to the star miler are being offered with a new variation on pay-when-you-sell terms

Overbury Stud is offering new terms for Cityscape, called 'Breeding Confidence'. So sure are we that Cityscape’s first crops will succeed on the racecourse that breeders can pay his 2016 nomination fee when they sell as a foal or a yearling. They never pay more than the £4,500 stud fee, and if their horse makes less than £9,000, they pay only 50% of the sale price.

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'I'm totally smitten!' – high praise from Onslow for his Cityscape foals

Eminent owner-breeder Peter Onslow says of his Cityscape filly 'she is an exceptional specimen who is difficult to fault and looks as nice a foal as anything we have produced'.

Group 1 breeder Onslow bred two mares to Cityscape in 2014 and is delighted he did. 'The Cityscape foals are two of the easiest-moving foals we have bred, with flowing long strides,' he says. 'They have great energy and attutudes.'

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Elm Park's breeder acclaims her Cityscape foal

Celebrated breeder Emma Balding – who includes G1 Racing Post Trophy winner and 2015 Classic prospect Elm Park among her many successes – has high praise for her colt from the first crop of Overbury Stud stallion Cityscape: 'a nice head, lots of quality, and a decent size. And, I might say, a very commercial shape.' 

The colt is out of the Stakes-placed Sinndar mare Casual Glance, a half-sister to Side Glance's sire Passing Glance and also to the high-class sons of Selkirk, Hidden Meadow and Scorned, all of whom the Baldings also bred. 'We like him so much,' she continued, 'this year we are using Cityscape on Casual Glance's half-sister.'

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'Ravishing' filly another hit for Cityscape

A 'powerfully-made, good-moving' foal out of the Royal Applause mare Royal Ffanci is yet another from the first crop of record-breaking miler Cityscape to earn the plaudits of breeders.

Born at Conduit Stud, the bay filly is described by Christopher Sweeting as 'a tremendous foal: short-backed, deep shouldered with plenty of bone and an impressive stride. You'd never guess she was a first foal. She's ravishing!' Cityscape, who was rated the third best miler in Europe after only Frankel and Excelebration, is standing his second season at stud at £4,500 Oct 1, SLF. His half-brother Bated Breath also made a splash with his first foals in 2014.

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'Gorgeous' bay Cityscape filly for Stakes winner

Listed winning two-year-old Firebelly, who is also dam of the high-class G3 sprinter Firebeam, has given birth to a 'gorgeous, outstanding' foal from the first crop of record-breaking miler Cityscape. 

Described by her part-owner Simon Sweeting as 'short-coupled, correct with a bright outlook and all in all a fabulous type, with her father's shoulder and swaggering stride', the bay filly is all the more remarkable as her dam had not produced a foal in the previous three seasons. 'She is testament to Cityscape excellent fertility, and his ability to stamp his stock with his own magnificent looks,' said Sweeting.

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'Really good' bay filly is the first for Cityscape

The first foal by record-breaking miler Cityscape was born on Thursday at Conduit Stud. She's a bay filly, the first foal out of Hunscote Stud's Royal Applause mare Royal Ffanci, from the immediate family of the Group 1 filly Penkenna Princess. Simon Sweeting describes her as 'a really good foal. Plenty of bone, a good strong back leg and correct front legs. She's a hard bay with one white sock.'

Cityscape, who was rated the third best miler in Europe after only Frankel and Excelebration, covered 96 mare in his first season in 2014.  Other mares due to foal shortly include:

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'The equal of Tapit!' Great acclaim for Cityscape's sire, Selkirk

The TDN's much-trusted APEX Ratings assess Selkirk as a better source of top class racehorses in recent years than Oasis Dream, Shamardal, Danehill Dancer, Pivotal and all but a tiny handful of European super sires.

Selkirk was the best source of top class 'A Runners' from 2008-14 of all British stallions, but for Dubawi and Dansili. That is the conclusion of the latest installment of the Thoroughbred Daily News's APEX Ratings, which assesses how many runners by all stallions are in the top 2% of all racehorses. His A Index of 2.68 puts him level with Tapit, currently the highest-priced stallion in the US. Cityscape, who stands at Overbury Stud at £4,500 Oct 1 SLF, is not just his best stallion son, but is his best ever offspring. A record-breaker at two and again at six, Cityscape had 96 mares in his first season, and has been patronised by some of Britain's most astute and renowned breeders happy to wager that he may well be able to emulate Selkirk's success at stud. His first foals are expected soon.

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Cityscape to shuttle to Argentina

Son of Selkirk will stand southern hemisphere season at Haras La Providencia
25 July 2014

Cityscape is to shuttle to Haras La Providencia in Argentina for the coming southern hemisphere stud season in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock.

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Dam of record breeze-up colt visits Cityscape

Abunai's High Chaparral juvenile fetches 800,000gns at Tattersalls
17 April 2014


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'Super-fertile' Cityscape gets long-term barren mares in foal

Positive scans for 25 of his first 27 mares covered
11 April 2014


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Cityscape to stand at Overbury Stud in 2014

Group 1-winning miler retires to Gloucestershire in a deal brokered by Blandford Bloodstock 22 October 2013


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