Thomas L. Nichols' Century City, a 3-year-old Danzig colt produced from Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow, took a narrow lead with three-sixteenths of a mile remaining and continued on for a neck victory over U.S.-bred Common World in Saturday's Goffs International Stakes (Ire-II) at Curragh racecourse in Ireland.
Contested over heavy turf, the final time for the Goffs International's 1-mile distance was 1:46.
Bred in Ireland by Kilcarn Stud, the winner is trained by Aidan O'Brien. Previous to the Goffs, Century City won the Mozart EBF Tetrarch Stakes (Ire-III) and the Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial Stakes while finishing second in the Entenmanns Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). The colt has won four of eight lifetime starts.
A daughter of Alysheba, Alywow was Canadian Horse of the Year, champion grass horse, and champion 3-year-old female of 1994. Consigned by Lane's End to the 1997 Keeneland November mixed sale while in foal to Mr. Prospector, Alywow was purchased by Curragh Bloodstock, for $1,250,000.
In the Anglesey Stakes (Ire-III) on Curragh's Saturday card, O'Brien trainees finished first and second, with Michael Tabor's Ontario (by Storm Cat) defeating stablemate Spartacus (Danehill) by 1 1/2 lengths while getting the 6 furlongs and 63 yards in 1:20.7.
Bred in Kentucky by Jon Kelly and Bradley & Bowden, Ontario has won two of three starts for owner Mrs. John Magnier.