Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Badgerfort (7/2, Sligo 30th Sep), Baily Cloud (7/2, Galway 26th Oct), Best In The World (4/6Fav, Curragh 11th Oct), Black Sea (5/6Fav, Curragh 11th Oct), Blue De Vega (11/10Fav, Leopardstown 24th Oct), Cook Islands (8/15Fav, Navan 7th Oct), Coolmore (5/2, Curragh 27th Sep), Copy Print (6/1, Thurles 5th Nov), Don Cossack (2/11Fav, Down Royal 31st Oct), Even Song (9/10Fav, Leopardstown 24th Oct), Hudson's Bay (10/1, Fairyhouse 29th Sep), In Salutem (6/5Fav, Navan 21st Oct), Krugermac (9/4, Ascot 20th Nov), Manuka (7/1, Clonmel 29th Oct), Ordinary World (1/1Fav, Tipperary 6th Oct), Simannka (9/4Fav, Galway 7th Sep), Taglietelle (5/4Fav, Dundalk 20th Nov), Torcedor (12/1, Curragh 13th Sep), Tuzo (15/8, Wexford 26th Oct), Urano (5/4Fav, Wexford 26th Oct), Velvet Maker (11/8, Naas 1st Nov), Zhukova (7/1, Galway 7th Sep),
Point-to-point winner and made a very pleasing start under rules when beating all bar favourite Open Eagle in a 16-runner Fairyhouse maiden hurdle. Looks well capable of winning a similar event. Good jumper and should do well over fences in time.
From the family of Atone but cost just €3,000 last year and ran a cracker on debut in a winners' bumper at Cork. Finished really strongly without resorting to the whip and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Handles heavy ground.
» Champagne makes it two from two
Very weak in the market on debut in a seven-furlong Cork maiden when staying on strongly in the closing stages behind subsequent Listed winner Moonlight Magic. Looks sure to progress and, with plenty of stamina in his pedigree, will appreciate further in time.
Shaped really nicely on debut when drawn poorly in a Leopardstown maiden. Passed the majority of the 15-runner field in the straight and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Nice prospect for next year.
By the champion sire and from a family that the stable has enjoyed success with in the past. Went some way towards justifying his 400,000gns yearling price tag when making a very promising debut at Leopardstown, coming home strongly after a sluggish start. Looks sure to stay at least a mile & plenty of scope for improvement.
Totally unconsidered in the market (stable provided hot favourite) in a mile maiden at Navan when beating all bar fellow newcomer Dinozzo. Smooth headway to come from off the pace & kept on without being asked too many questions. Looks sure to progress.