City of Song gave the upcoming Magic Millions National Yearling Sale a major boost when she scored a stylish win in the listed Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield today.
Prepared at the track by John Moloney, City of Song made up for a pair of unlucky runs when she came down the outside of the field to win narrowly, but impressively.
The win was the first at stakes level for Jason Benbow in his comeback from a stint on the sidelines after a serious leg injury.
A daughter of Bel Esprit, City of Song scored impressively on debut at Sandown prior to unlucky defeats at both Caulfield and Moonee Valley in her subsequent efforts.
“Once she started to get out at the 600 metre mark and Jason (Benbow) got her running, she looked to be on song to go,” Moloney said.
“She’s a really good filly that’s going to be better in the spring.”
Moloney said City of Song would head to the paddock for a break for the Spring Carnival in mind.
“There were some nice colts in this field and back in fillies grade you’d think she would be suited in some nice races during the spring.”
“We’ll give her a break over the winter and take her up north of the Divide and give her a break in the sun.”
The Group One Thousand Guineas could be one of the main missions for City of Song in her next preparation.
When the line was reached it was City of Song ($4.60-$6) who held a short head margin over the Rock of Gibraltar youngster The New Boy ($11-$13).
The early leader The Counterfeiter ($15-$21), a colt by Keep the Faith, was another three quarters of a length back in third place.
A half brother to City of Song by former outstanding sprinter Magnus is a member of the Eliza Park draft for June’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. He has been catalogued as lot number 1711..
Eliza Park has a 30 strong draft for the National Sale including 12 for the National Yearling Sale. Their others include yearlings by sires including Redoute’s Choice, Bernardini, Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel and Lonhro.
City of Song and the Magnus colt headed to the Gold Coast are both from the stakes winning Umatilla mare Songs of Vienna.
A winner of the Straight Six Handicap at Flemington and runner up in both the Group Three Frances Tressady Stakes and listed Matron Stakes, Songs of Vienna won four races prior to being retired to stud.
As well as City of Song she is the dam of the multiple city winner Music in the Park – another daughter of Bel Esprit.
Songs of Vienna, an Adelaide Yearling Sale purchase, is a full sister to fellow Magic Millions graduates and $850,000 earner Hadabeclorka – one of the best sprinters in Western Australia.
Further back hers is the same family as stakes winners Red Chiffon, Danebar, Malevola and Prince of Vasac.