Winx's Half-Sister City Of Lights Impresses at Canterbury

Mark Smith - Friday February 23

A Deep Impact (JPN) half-sister to Winx, City Of Lights appeared for the first time in fifteen weeks to claim a benchmark 72 over 1550m at Canterbury on Friday night, encouraging connections to target black-type in the near future.

Ridden by Tim Clark for Joe Pride, City Of Lights travelled in fourth and fifth spots behind a frantic pace set by Amy Mc Lucas on The Years. Brought to the centre of the track, City Of Lights kept up a relentless gallop to defeat For Victory (IRE) (Mehmas) by one and three-quarter lengths with Sweysive (Sweynesse) back in third.

City Of Lights (image Racing Photos)


A homebred for John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds, the 4-year-old daughter of Deep Impact advances her record to three wins from five starts with earnings of $84,275.

“That’s what I needed to see from her tonight,” Pride said.

“I wasted a run when I started her over 1250m first-up last preparation, so I thought I would get her straight to the 1550m.

“She is a very promising horse. It’s easy to get carried away being Winx’s half-sister but she has a lot of quality, by one of the best stallions in the world and a half to a champion.

“It’s very exciting and I think she is on the way to something bigger. I’d like to end up in the Epona Stakes and whether we go to the Aspiration Stakes on the way through, she would need to get her rating up a little bit.

Tim Clark was suitably impressed.

“It was a strong effort, first-up over 1550m, chasing a strong speed against fit horses,” Clark said.

“She put them away and can only improve. She could not have done any more. It's a great way to start the prep.”

A half-sister to 25-time Group 1 winner Winx, Group III Kindergarten Stakes winner El Divino and Riverbank Farm’s Snitzel stallion Boulder City, City Of Lights is one of five winners for Vegas Showgirl who died last October. She has the 3yo I Am Invincible filly,  Time Of My Life, who has won one of two starts for Peter G Moody and Katherine Coleman.

The final foal of Vegas Showgirl is the unraced 2-year-old Pride Of Dubai filly Wings Of Desire, who is in the stables of Michael Freedman.


Race Result - Tab (Bm72) 1550m

Canterbury Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:32.97
City Of Lights
- 4m Deep Impact (JPN) x Vegas Showgirl (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: Tim Clark 56
For Victory
- 4g Mehmas (IRE) x Kualke (IRE) (Celtic Swing (GB))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J R Collett 57.5
- 4g Sweynesse (AUS) x Ultra Explosive (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: J Parr 59.5
NZB Ready To Run Sale $100,000
Seller: Woburn Farm
Buyer: Bjorn Baker Racing/Clarke Bloodstock (FBAA)
NZB Karaka Book 1 $50,000
Seller: Phoenix Park
Buyer: Upper Bloodstock / Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
- 4m Sebring (AUS) x Cloak Of Night (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: N Rawiller 58.5
The Years
- 3g Time Test (GB) x Joy Anna (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Amy Mc Lucas 56.5
Thousand Years
- 5m Dundeel (NZ) x The Darling One (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: Tom Sherry 56
- 5g Star Turn (AUS) x Hadiklaim (AUS) (War Pass (USA))
Tnr: Grant Jobson Rdr: Reece Jones 55
Naval Seal
- 5g Snitzel (AUS) x First Seal (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J B Mc Donald 57
- 3g Savabeel (AUS) x Cover Charge (USA) (Take Charge Indy (USA))
Tnr: J A O'Shea Rdr: Zac Lloyd 59
- 5g Kodiac (GB) x Khaimah (GB) (Nayef (USA))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: Benjamin Osmond 59
Double Cherry
- 5g Make Believe (GB) x My Uptown Girl (GB) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: Angus Villiers 59.5
Celestial Spirit
- 4m Zoustar (AUS) x Positive Problems (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Tnr: Matthew Dale Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 55.5
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