Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Blue De Vega (5/1, Newmarket 25th Jul), Dawn Rising (2/9Fav, Limerick 29th Jun), Ennistymon (11/8Fav, Leopardstown 9th Jun), Even So (10/1, Curragh 18th Jul), Fame And Acclaim (7/2Fav, Curragh 19th Jul), Federica Sophia (5/6Fav, Leopardstown 31st Jul), Gin Blossom (11/10Fav, Leopardstown 16th Jul), Heliac (5/2Fav, Leopardstown 14th Jun), Isotope (5/2Fav, Roscommon 7th Jul), Love Locket (6/1, Leopardstown 9th Jun), Lynwood Gold (13/2, Curragh 10th Jul), Magical (2/9Fav, Curragh 26th Jul), Munfallet (18/10, Leopardstown 23rd Jul), Mutadaffeq (16/1, Curragh 13th Jun), Pronouncement (6/4Fav, Naas 24th Jun), Romantic Proposal (11/2, Curragh 18th Jul), Run For Oscar (1/3Fav, Killarney 15th Jul), So Suave (13/2, Gowran Park 17th Jun), The Storyteller (10/3, Galway 31st Jul), Tullybeg (1/2Fav, Bellewstown 4th Jul), Wilderness (11/4Fav, Leopardstown 11th Jul), Wind N Grass (7.8, Happy Valley 8th Jul), Winner Takes Itall (15/8, Gowran Park 17th Jun), Zawara (9/4, Naas 3rd Aug),
Won twice on the Flat in the UK and made up considerable ground inside the final half-mile when runner-up in a Galway maiden on just his second hurdle start. Appears to handle varying ground conditions and looks well capable of winning over hurdles.
Easy to back on belated debut when keeping on from off the pace under a considerate ride in a Limerick bumper where the first three drew clear of the remainder. Bred to stay further and looks well capable of winning a mares bumper.
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Cost 80,000 at Doncaster as a yearling and shaped well on debut from a wide draw at Leopardstown. Took a while to get going in the straight but the penny really started to drop in the closing stages and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Stays at least 7f.
Beautifully bred filly by Dubawi out of a Group 3 winner in France and closely related to Arc heroine Zarkava. Ran a cracker on debut when beating all bar much better fancied stablemate over a mile at Naas. Looks sure to progress and should be suited by a step up in trip.
Maiden winner at Bellewstown last year and caught the eye when stepped up to 1m2f on reappearance at Leopardstown. Made rapid headway from off the pace in the straight to beat all bar favourite Moll and looks capable of further progress.
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Sprint handicapper winning for Ken Condon at Dundalk last year. Unfancied on first outing for new connections after a 12 months absence at the Curragh and kept on late after not enjoying a clear run. Lame afterwards and hopefully can recover to take advantage of current mark.
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Unsuited by soft ground on a number of occasions last year before scoring twice over 7f at Dundalk. Reappeared over same trip at the Curragh and given plenty to do before finishing strongly when going down by just a length in 17-runner handicap. Progressive sort and looks capable of further success off his current mark.
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Decent Flat pedigree from the family of classic winners Love Divine and Sixties Icon but has the physique to prosper over jumps. Looks well capable of a bumper success in the interim judged on promising debut at Thurles when staying on strongly from off the pace.
Won twice in 3m handicap hurdles on good ground and, following three outings over inadequate trips over fences, came home well on handicap chase debut over 2m4f at Thurles. Looks reasonably treated when stepping up in distance.
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Went close a couple of times in nurseries last year including when unlucky in running at Down Royal and made a promising reappearance at Dundalk despite a wide draw and slow start. Probably best suited by 7f or a testing 6 and likes an ease in the ground.