Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Ashoka (11/10Fav, Warwick 10th Dec), Avellino (9/10Fav, Fairyhouse 30th Jan), Brod Na Heireann (7/4Fav, Towcester 17th Dec), Commeragh Trix (9/4, Fairyhouse 19th Dec), Don Cossack (1/8Fav, Thurles 14th Jan), Edwulf (13/8, Naas 16th Jan), Ghaamer (25/11, Meydan 7th Jan), Gurteen (4/6Fav, Navan 23rd Jan), Krugermac (9/4, Ascot 20th Nov), Manuka (11/2, Wolverhampton 5th Dec), Sutton Place (4/9Fav, Fairyhouse 10th Jan), Taglietelle (5/4Fav, Dundalk 20th Nov), Wakhan (11/4Fav, Musselburgh 1st Jan), Westend Star (4/5Fav, Thurles 14th Jan), Woodford Island (1/5Fav, Navan 23rd Jan), You Must Know Me (9/1, Leopardstown 6th Feb),
Belied a lack of market confidence on debut in a 2m Naas maiden hurdle when beating all bar the well-backed favourite Babbling Stream. Jumped well and stayed on nicely in the straight from off the pace. Looks sure to benefit from this experience, and should stay further.
» Babbling Stream in full flow at Naas
Stepped up on two previous outings when finishing strongly behind the two clear market principals in a Clonmel mares maiden hurdle. Looks well capable of winning a similar event. Should stay 2m4f, and could well improve when encountering better ground.
» Sprite beats Hope as Cooper doubles-up
Friendless in the market on debut in a Punchestown bumper and was given a bit to do in the straight before staying on well to beat all bar a Willie Mullins-trained odds-on favourite. Should be suited by better ground and can win races.
» Wylies and Mullins win Punchestown Battle
Point-to-point winner at Ballindenisk and cracking effort on debut under rules in a hot mares winners bumper at Fairyhouse. Made most of the running and kept on gamely to finish close-up behind the talented Avellino. Looks sure to win a mares maiden bumper.
» McLoughlin's Avellino wins bumper finale
Did everything wrong on debut in a 7f fillies maiden at Dundalk but left the impression there is certainly better to come with this initial experience under her belt. Lost plenty of ground at the start and was driven along throughout before the penny eventually dropped inside the final furlong. Should stay at least a mile.
Unconsidered in the market on debut but showed promise over what should prove to be an inadequate 7f in a fillies maiden at Dundalk. Came home well when asked for an effort inside the final furlong, and should benefit from this experience. Should be suited by a mile plus.
Half-sister to four winners including the smart racemare Chomba Womba, and appeared a bit unlucky not to add to the family roll of honour on debut in a mares bumper at Fairyhouse. Given plenty to do before staying on strongly in the final furlong, and looks well capable of landing a similar event.
Very weak in the market and slow to get going from a wide draw on debut at Dundalk. However the penny really started to drop in the final furlong and he came home strongly without being given too hard a race. Looks sure to stay further and will surely benefit from this experience.
From the family of former stablestar Cooldine, and went down fighting on debut in what may turn out a decent Punchestown bumper. Should have little difficulty going one better, and will appreciate a step up in trip when going jumping.