Newbury beckons for Global Citizen

Ben Pauling is weighing up two handicap options at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury for multiple Grade Two winner Global Citizen.

The eight-year-old failed to complete a race for the first time in his career when pulling up on his seasonal return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last week.

Pauling hopes Global Citizen can leave that effort behind in either the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase on November 27 or the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase, better known as the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy, 24 hours later.

He said: “Global Citizen came out of the Exeter race fine, and the likelihood is that he will go to Newbury now at the end of the month.

“He will either go for the two-mile-three handicap chase on the Friday or what is the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy.

“He should have dropped to a nice mark for a handicap like either of those.”

With a decision to drop Global Citizen in behind the pace at Exeter failing to work, Pauling plans to switch him back to the front-running tactics which have served him well in the past.

He added: “It was disappointing at Exeter, but we thought we would try different tactics and just drop him in. Some horses don’t enjoy being ridden like that, and he is one.

“He likes to flick his toe out and attack the fences and not sit in behind horses where he can’t do that.”

2019 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle third Bright Forecast who has been retired (Simon Cooper/PA Images)
2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle third Bright Forecast, who has been retired (Simon Cooper/PA Images)

Pauling has announced the retirement of 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle third Bright Forecast, who missed all of last season and has since suffered a second heart issue.

He added: “His heart has gone out of rhythm twice, and we now feel it is going to be hard to keep it right.

“He has gone back to his owners, we have to keep the horse’s interest at heart, and there is no point carrying on.

“It is a desperate shame, there are no two ways about it, because in the short spell he had with us he was very exciting.”

Citizen all set for Haldon Gold Cup

Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase winner Global Citizen is among 16 entries for the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday.

Last seen finishing fourth on unsuitably soft ground in the Arkle at Cheltenham, the eight-year-old is still massively unexposed over fences.

His Grade Two victory at Kempton in December could hardly have worked out any better, though – given runner-up Rouge Vif dominated a handicap under a huge weight on Saturday, the third Grand Sancy has won a Listed event at Chepstow and fourth Al Dancer beat Master Tommytucker at Newton Abbot.

“Global Citizen will go for the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter,” said trainer Ben Pauling.

“Unfortunately for him it rained on the Monday night before Cheltenham, which turned the ground soft, and he doesn’t like it.

“Exeter has been very quick at the meetings they have had so far this season, and by the looks of the forecast coming, I would say the ground will be lovely for him there.

“So he’s in good order, we’re aiming him for the Haldon and we’re looking forward to it.”

Olly Murphy’s Brewin’upastorm, Evan Williams Grade One winner Esprit Du Large and Venetia Williams’ Fanion D’Estruval, who went off favourite for the Wayward Lad, are among a classy entry.

Paul Nicholls’ Greaneteen and Capeland, Mick Channon’s Glen Forsa and the Tom George-trained Bun Doran, third in the Champion Chase, add even more strength in depth.