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City Light will seek to go one better in Diamond Jubilee

14 Feb 2019

It was a case of so close, yet so far for the French raider at Royal Ascot last year.

Merchant Navy, right, pips City Light, left, and Bound For Nowhere in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Picture: Pic Steven Cargill /

Trainer Stephane Wattel is to prepare City Light for another crack at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot after his agonising near-miss in the QIPCO British Champions Series feature last summer.

Wattel is keen to take City Light back for the Group 1 over six furlongs after he was only beaten a short head by Merchant Navy, and his campaign for the first half of the campaign will be geared towards that objective.

“I guess the plan is (Ascot), it was such a wonderful day at Ascot. We’ll try to come back if we manage to have the horse in full condition for this time,” the Deauville handler told Sky Sports Racing.

“To be at his peak condition we will try to not over-race him before, so he will have a very light programme and, hopefully, if everything goes well, we will be at Ascot in June.”