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Citizen picks up big prize

Robbie Power virtually starved himself to ride Citizenship in the valuable Hurdle at Leopardstown and it paid off.

The Jessica Harrington-trained 10-1 chance was at the back early on after being hampered, but swooped late to deny Leah Claire and the gallant top weight Staying Article by a length and a quarter and a head.

"That was fantastic. I've never won a race when everything went so wrong. He's as honest and game as you get though, and he is very quick at his hurdles," said Power.

"I was supposed to ride Zaarito for Colm Murphy, but when the weights went up I was able to ride this fellow. It's been a hard week as I had half a stone to lose - 10st 3lb is my lowest weight."

Ted and Katie Walsh combined to land the Leopardstown Handicap Chase with Seabass (7-1). A winner of his previous five races, although one of those was a point-to-point, he defied the handicapper in fine style, bolting up by seven and a half lengths after leading all the way.

The winning rider said: "That's fantastic and he's my first winner over fences around here. He's a brilliant jumper. He'd want to be for me - I like them good and safe.

"Dad has done a fantastic job training him - he hasn't been easy - but it just goes to show what can happen with a bit of patience and time."

Walsh snr said: "He jumped great and travelled well. I was bit concerned about the ground, but he handled it well." The trainer also won with Colbert Station (10-1) in the Beginners Chase.


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