Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners American Hope (4/1, Dundalk 6th Dec), Defy Logic (2/5Fav, Naas 28th Oct), Diamond Stilettos (9/4, Tipperary 23rd Sep), Don Cossack (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 1st Dec), Golden Ticket (9/1, Naas 9th Nov), Heaney (2/1Fav, Clonmel 3rd Oct), Jim Will Fix It (9/1, Punchestown 30th Oct), King Of Oriel (4/1JFav, Punchestown 16th Oct), Magnolia Beach (2/5Fav, Dundalk 15th Nov), Milborough (8/1, Uttoxeter 10th Dec), Moon Prince (7/2Fav, Tipperary 8th Oct), Morning Assembly (6/4, Punchestown 17th Nov), Sharestan (11/4, Ayr 21st Sep), Shelford (20/1, Yarmouth 17th Sep), Shesafoxylady (3/1, Navan 24th Nov),
Pulled up soon after the start when well fancied on debut at the Punchestown Festival but showed that confidence wasn't misplaced when running a cracker on reappearance at Fairyhouse. No disgrace in failing to bridge gap on talented winner who got away entering the straight, finishing clear of the remainder. Well-bred gelding and looks sure to win races.
» 18 and a half to one Fairyhouse Fenton brace
Made 50,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale and promising debut in a big field maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse when staying on well after a mistake two out. Sure to benefit from this experience and should be suited by 2m4f plus.
Progressed well over hurdles winning twice this autumn, and very unlucky when reverting to the Flat at Dundalk where continually denied a clear run in the straight. Seems best when held up so will always need some luck in running at the Polytrack but certainly well handicapped on the Flat at present.
» Stack back in the number one
» Alpha And Omega in fine fettle
» naas 28th Oct
» Coakley back in the winners' enclosure
» leopardstown 4th Aug
» Words Of Wisdom toughs it out
» Noreen is on target
» McDonogh shines on Cush
Plenty of stamina in his pedigree being out of an unraced half-sister to Rince Ri, and appeared unsuited by a steady pace when going very close on debut at Punchestown. Well backed on track and, after being briefly outpaced on the home turn, came home very strongly and would have been up in another stride. Compensation surely awaits.
Plenty to like about opening two outings in Naas maiden hurdles. Stayed on nicely behind Upsie and, following a nine-month absence, when closer to the pace - ran freely and not given a hard time after making a hash of the last in what appeared a decent event.
» Housekeeper cleans up in maiden
Caught the eye of the stewards when unfancied on debut at Dundalk. The American-bred ran quite freely from an outside draw but stayed on nicely in the straight when beaten less than three lengths. Encouraging that he showed plenty of pace as pedigree would suggest he'll get further than a mile.