Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — All Hell Let Loose (7/4Fav, Thurles 20th Mar), Badgerfort (4/1, Cork 20th Apr), Domination (1/1Fav, Limerick 16th Mar), Feenakilmeedy (1/1Fav, Limerick 15th Mar), Fine Article (13/8Fav, Gowran Park 22nd Mar), Folsom Blue (7/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), General Brook (9/2, Cork 19th Apr), Ghaamer (12/1, Meydan 13th Mar), Jetson (14/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), Lahinch Classics (6/5Fav, Dundalk 16th Apr), Le Vent D'Antan (2/5Fav, Navan 16th Mar), Maller Tree (8/13Fav, Wetherby 22nd Apr), Man With Van (9/4Fav, Fairyhouse 1st Feb), Martello Tower (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 6th Apr), Prince Of All (15/8Fav, Dundalk 16th Apr), Saxo Jack (5/1, Meydan 30th Jan), Sir Abbot (4/6Fav, Ballinrobe 22nd Apr), Sparkle Factor (8/11Fav, Limerick 10th Apr), Taglietelle (3/1, Downpatrick 23rd Mar), What Lies Ahead (4/5Fav, Punchestown 19th Feb), Windsor Park (2/1, Leopardstown 26th Jan),

Hareth (IRE)

Rated 77 on the Flat following maiden win at Dundalk earlier this year, and showed plenty of promise in first handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe. Mistake at a crucial stage but came home strongly in the straight to take third. Looks nicely treated over hurdles and seems best suited by a sound surface.

Dashwood (GB)

Prolific handicapper winning six times in England on the all-weather and turf. Taken a tumble in the ratings after three outings for Johnny Levins last year but showed much more sparkle on reappearance at Tipperary. Appears best around 7f on good ground.

Bell Of The Ball (IRE)

Unconsidered in the market but ran a cracker on debut in a Wexford mares bumper that looked above average for the venue. Tapped for pace at a vital stage but really got going in the closing stages, and appears sure to benefit from this experience.

Sailors Warn (IRE)

Decent sort over hurdles at best, winning a Grade 2 & beaten less than a length in the County Hurdle 2 years ago. Switched to the Flat at Leopardstown & appears reasonably treated having kept on well in the straight over an inadequate seven furlongs. Looks well capable of winning at around 10f.

Like It A Lot (GB)

Just denied in a Galway bumper last year and, following a couple of very disappointing efforts, much more like it when switched to hurdles at Cork. Would have collected but for a mistake at the last when a strong-finishing second to odds-on Shamsikhan, with the first three well clear of the rest. Yet to race on good ground & should appreciate 2m4f.

Badgerfort (IRE)

Lightly-raced 5yo, fourth on debut in Land Rover Bumper last year, and shown plenty of promise since over hurdles including when finishing well in a 2m Navan maiden. Looks well capable of bumper success or when upped in trip over hurdles.

Sir Abbot (IRE)

Bought by current connections after proving stamina in an Avaune point-to-point & caught the eye on first outing under rules when staying on into third behind Quickpick Vic in a 2m maiden hurdle at Leopardstown. Crying out for 2m4f plus and looks a decent prospect.

Velvet Maker (FR)

Won a 12f French bumper in good style and made a pleasing hurdle debut in a 30-runner Navan maiden. The winner certainly comes into the 'could be anything' bracket, while the form has been well-advertised since by the runner-up. Looks sure to win his maiden and go on to better things.