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The sprinting scene in France usually lacks depth and after winning only two of his first ten starts it seemed improbable that City Lights would make his mark at the highest level.
However, his form has taken off in 2018 and he will be one to keep in mind for all the big speed tests over the months ahead.
There were several hard-luck stories in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and City Lights was definitely among them because he broke badly and was left playing catch-up.
He ended up being beaten a short head by Merchant Navy and, in one more stride, would have prevailed.
Joint-owner John Corbani said: “From the angle of the box we were in, I thought we’d won. If he hadn’t reared in the stalls at the start, it might have been different. I don’t think it helped that’s for sure.
“But we are still very happy. He did us proud.”
City Light had won a Group 3 prize at Longchamp on his previous start and was also successful in the All-Weather Championships Sprint at Lingfield Park in March.
The Stephane Wattel-trained colt went off 3-1 favourite for the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in August on his latest start but could finish only fifth behind Polydream.
In 2019, he returned for another crack at the Diamond Jubilee. He was a well-fancied 6/1 chance but could finish only ninth.
He gave a reminder of his powers last time when runner-up to One Master in the Prix De Le Foret.
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