Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

Alan Magee
Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.

Recent Whispers Winners — Captain Joy (9/4Fav, Lingfield 10th Jan), Don Cossack (6/4, Thurles 15th Jan), Gladiator King (2/1, Leopardstown 25th Jan), Golden Ticket (14/1, Punchestown 31st Dec), Le Vent D'Antan (7/4Fav, Leopardstown 28th Dec), Like It A Lot (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Martello Tower (14/1, Cheltenham 13th Mar), Milborough (18/12, Newcastle 21st Feb), Ryansbrook (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Taglietelle (1/1Fav, Fairyhouse 21st Feb), The Parishioner (11/1, Navan 1st Mar), Tomorrow Morning (12/1, Dundalk 27th Feb), Totally Dominant (11/4, Thurles 29th Jan), Urano (1/1Fav, Cork 3rd Jan), Velvet Maker (4/5Fav, Fairyhouse 31st Jan), What Lies Ahead (1/1Fav, Gowran Park 7th Mar), Whatwillwecallher (4/6Fav, Naas 4th Jan), Windsor Park (9/2, Cheltenham 11th Mar),

Lahaag (GB)

Successful three times on the Flat in England (mainly campaigned on good ground) to earn a rating in excess of 100, and has been switched to hurdling by present connections. Looked set to get involved when brought down two out at Thurles. Capable of maiden success and will be of interest when getting a handicap mark

An Dearg Mor (IRE)

Reportedly held in good regard by the champion trainer, and probably a shade unlucky not to collect in a Fairyhouse bumper. In what developed into a bit of a sprint, he stretched clear along with fellow newcomer Golan Lodge. Compensation surely awaits.

Bitsandpieces (IRE)

The connections of Rebel Fitz could have a nice replacement on their hands judged on a fine debut when runner-up at Thurles. From the family of smart staying chaser Southern Vic, this strapping gelding will surely come into his own over fences.

Muraabit (GB)

Far from disgraced on debut at Dundalk (1m) in January and, despite little going right, took a good step forward over the same course and distance the following month. Slowly into stride and ran freely before coming home nicely behind Song Of Love. Stays at least a mile and should continue to progress with further experience.

Balbir Du Mathan (FR)

Listed winner over hurdles in France & switched to fences this term by present connections. Still in front when unlucky to loose footing on landing two out in a hot Fairyhouse event before beating all bar a very useful sort at Leopardstown. Normally a sound jumper & likes to be up with the pace.

First Figaro (GER)

Made debut in testing conditions at Leopardstown but acquitted himself very well. Will benefit from this experience, and looks sure to at least win a bumper with better ground likely to suit.

Ordinary World (IRE)

A 68,000 Derby Sale purchase last year, and travelled sweetly on debut at Navan in the two-mile maiden hurdle won by long odds-on chance Milsean. Lack of experience seemed to tell in the closing stages but this represented a very encouraging start.