City turns on style to take Strensall
City Style repelled the late challenge of Danadana to land the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes at York on Thursday.
City Style repelled the late challenge of Danadana to land the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes at York on Thursday afternoon.
The 9/1 shot powered to the front two from home under Silvestre de Sousa but raced lazily once in the lead and had to fight off the fast-finishing Danadana to register a neck victory.
The seven-year-old was recording his first victory in this country, giving jockey de Sousa his second winner on the card and the Brazilian was happy with the way his mount quickened.
"He got a bit warm beforehand and is a bit tricky but he took off when I gave him a slap and did it nicely," said de Sousa.
"As you can see, he's a bit hairy and carries a bit of condition but he's very nice on his day even though he races lazily.
"At one point, he was going nowhere but finished well as he just got a bit lonely in the last furlong or so. I talked to Charlie this morning and we agreed that maybe he just needs a bit of cut in his old age so the rain helped."
Simon Crisford, representing Godolphin, was quick to praise their new trainer Charlie Appleby.
"It's fantastic to see Charlie step up to this role," said Crisford.
"He's not here today as we've got a lot of runners at Newmarket and he's there to saddle them all up. He's settled into the role well and we're very happy with him."
"City Style has spent all of his life travelling. He started off in America and since he's been with us he's been in Europe, he's been in Dubai and he's been in Singapore.
"He spends his life on an plane and he's not sure if it's winter or summer, but it doesn't affect him, as you could see today.
"I thought Danadana would probably nail us, but this horse was courageous in the finish.
"He had a bad incident with the stalls in Singapore once and when he backed out today I was a bit worried, but he went in eventually.
"He's a very good horse on his day and the only race I can think of for him now would be the Prix Dollar at Longchamp (October 5).
"The team is in very good form at the moment."
The well-backed favourite Pavlosk was very keen early and she pulled hard, eventually finishing unplaced.