GLOBAL CITIZEN IMPRESSES AT KEMPTON
26 February 2018
GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE) took a major
step up to Grade 2 company and proved he is a rapidly-improving novice with a
facile victory in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday. A field
of ten horses contested the Grade 2 contest and GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE) was sent
straight to the front and made all the running. The six-year-old gelding was
hardly challenged over the two mile race and extended clear in the straight to
score by a nine length margin.
While plans remain fluid for the
Megsons-owned bay, trainer Ben Pauling has said “I think we will probably look
at the County Hurdle next but our main aim is the two mile Grade 1 novice at
Aintree” and “I think we would be mad to rule out Cheltenham at this moment in
Bred by Martin Byrne GLOBAL
CITIZEN (IRE) is a son of Ballycurragh Stud sire Alkaadhem and he is a full
brother to the Listed winner and Grade 3 placed A Hare Breath (IRE). His
half-brother De Plotting Shed (IRE) was a bumper winner and was dual Grade 2
placed over hurdles.
GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE) was a highly
impressive four length debut winner of the five-year-old Geldings Maiden
point-to-point at Bellurgan last April for William Murphy.
The richest race on the card at
Kempton was the Grade 3 Handicap Chase which saw MASTER DEE (IRE) claim the
€65,000 contest. The nine-year-old gelding was the impressive winner of what
was a competitive renewal of the major handicap. A patient ride from Barry
Geraghty saw MASTER DEE (IRE) pushed along from 11 out, taken wide he
progressed and closed on leaders from three out. The Fergal O’Brien-trained bay
put in a solid jump at the last and went clear to win by a comfortable three-and-three-quarter-lengths.
Owned by Paul and Clare Rooney
and bred by Ben Kavanagh MASTER DEE (IRE) is by the late Kings Theatre (IRE)
out of the Listed winning race mare Miss Lauren Dee (IRE); herself the daughter
of a Listed winner. Bumper winner and Grade 3 winner over hurdles Patsy Veale
(IRE) also appears in the pedigree.