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 time.”

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. 

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