Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Ballyadam Brook (25/1, Dundalk 20th Dec), Carsonstown Boy (10/1, Thurles 16th Jan), Defy Logic (7/2, Leopardstown 26th Dec), Folsom Blue (7/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), Ghaamer (16/10, Meydan 2nd Jan), Jetson (14/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), Maller Tree (12/1, Fakenham 1st Jan), Man With Van (9/4Fav, Fairyhouse 1st Feb), Milborough (8/1, Uttoxeter 10th Dec), Prince Of All (5/6Fav, Dundalk 7th Mar), Royal Flight (4/1JFav, Down Royal 26th Dec), Sailors Warn (5/1, Leopardstown 2nd Mar), Saxo Jack (5/1, Meydan 30th Jan), Shelford (9/4JFav, Wolverhampton 2nd Jan), Urano (10/11Fav, Thurles 6th Jan), What Lies Ahead (4/5Fav, Punchestown 19th Feb), Windsor Park (2/1, Leopardstown 26th Jan),
Half-brother to high class chaser Joncol (won a 2m2f bumper) and promising effort when staying on well behind fellow newcomer Westhorpe in a Fairyhouse bumper, pair drawing well clear in the closing stages. Looks sure to stay further and scope to do well jumping in time.
» 37/1 Mullins four-timer at Fairyhouse
Stayed well when scoring twice on the Flat for Andrew Balding, and caught the eye when keeping on well in the straight on second maiden hurdle outing for present connections at Navan. Should be well capable of hurdle success over 2m4f and suited by better ground.
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.
» Quickpick wins Leopardstown opener
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.
» Mullins unearths another potential star
Showed big improvement on debut in a Sligo bumper when staying on strongly from off the pace in 2m6f Limerick maiden hurdle. Performance attracted the attention of stewards & returned with a swollen right knee which may have been the result of a mistake 3 out. Jumped well otherwise & looks well capable of winning a staying mares maiden.
Plenty of stamina in his pedigree being out of an unraced half-sister to Rince Ri, and appeared unsuited by a steady pace when going very close on debut at Punchestown. Well backed on track and, after being briefly outpaced on the home turn, came home very strongly and would have been up in another stride. Compensation surely awaits.
» Lieutenant Colonel earns his stripes