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 (3/10Fav, Galway 26th Oct), Aloft (13/8Fav, Newmarket 4th Oct), Behana (7/2JFav, Galway 9th Sep), Captain Joy (5/1Fav, Dundalk 24th Oct), Carla Bianca (5/4Fav, Curragh 31st Aug), Cocoon (4/1, Listowel 15th Sep), Don Cossack (6/4, Down Royal 1st Nov), Harrison's Cave (12/1, Ayr 18th Sep), In Salutem (10/1, Navan 22nd Oct), Martello Tower (11/4, Cork 2nd Nov), Notable Graduate (3/1Fav, Down Royal 12th Sep), Off Limits (7/2, Leopardstown 25th Oct), Shelford (6/1, Chepstow 25th Oct), Sir Abbot (2/7Fav, Clonmel 30th Oct), Taglietelle (11/2, Punchestown 15th Oct), Tarfasha (11/10Fav, Curragh 14th Sep), Tom's Article (11/8Fav, Navan 27th Sep), Windsor Park (8/11Fav, Galway 26th Oct), Zand (14/1, Strasbourg 28th Sep),
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.
Cost 100,000 euro at the Derby Sale last year. Unconsidered in the market on debut at Navan but indicated plenty of ability with the promise of more to come when stepped up in trip. Looks the type to do well over fences in time.
Snapped up by JP McManus after winning a point-to-point and a bumper, and clear of the remainder over an inadequate trip when runner-up to a smart sort on hurdle debut at Cork. Should do well when learning to settle.
Stable outsider but showed promise on opening two outings in maiden hurdles, notably after 10 months layoff at Down Royal. Prominent throughout and jumped well until making a hash of the last two flights. Stays well & looks sure to progress.
Ran better than finishing position would suggest in Goffs Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown & absent until very promising run when switched to hurdles at Cork. No match for short-priced winner but that may prove to be no disgrace as the pair finished clear of the remainder in 2m maiden. Jumps well & looks sure to win races.
Bought for ¿37,000 by John Nallen at the Derby Sale last year, and snapped up by J P McManus after winning a Kilworth point-to-point in convincing fashion. Promising debut under rules in a Down Royal maiden hurdle, staying on after an uncharacteristic blunder at the second last behind the two market leaders. Should be suited by 2m4f plus.
Noted staying on behind Forgotten Rules on debut at the Punchestown Festival & absent for 6 months until quite keen in a rather slowly run bumper at Cork, beating all bar another potentially useful rival. Promising sort & looks sure to win a bumper.