Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners An Dearg Mor (1/1Fav, Fairyhouse 7th Apr), Bitsandpieces (13/8Fav, Tipperary 23rd Apr), Don Cossack (5/2, Punchestown 29th Apr), Hi Emperor (5/1, Cork 20th Apr), In Salutem (11/1, Curragh 19th Apr), Louise Royale (4/1, Killarney 10th May), Madeira Classic (7/2JFav, Navan 18th Apr), Maller Tree (13/8Fav, Huntingdon 6th Apr), Martello Tower (14/1, Cheltenham 13th Mar), Taglietelle (7/1, Aintree 9th Apr), The Parishioner (11/1, Navan 1st Mar), What Lies Ahead (1/1Fav, Gowran Park 7th Mar), Windsor Park (3/10Fav, Gowran Park 11th Apr),
Slowly away but certainly went into the promising debut file in a Navan mile maiden. Really got the hang of things when staying on well in the closing stages, and runners from this yard usually progress well from an initial outing.
Pleasing debut at Sligo and took another step forward when clear second best behind a potentially useful sort at Navan. Likeable attitude and stays well. Probably suited by around 1m6f.
» Gorbatov makes winning return
Three outings over a mile as a juvenile and, having been gelded over the winter, relished the step up in trip on handicap debut when coming home strongly at Limerick. Likes good ground & should appreciate 1m4f plus.
Unconsidered in the market at Killarney but came home strongly from an unpromising position to take second behind fellow newcomer Buyer Beware. Sure to benefit from this experience and should stay at least ten furlongs.
Attracted support at morning prices on debut at the Punchestown Festival and, despite running with the choke out a bit, showed that wasn't misplaced when runner-up to the hot favourite. Hopefully will settle better with that experience under his belt and looks sure to win a bumper.
» Nambour brings up a Mullins milestone
Shaped well on debut in the valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival when staying on well in the straight. Performance can be upgraded as he was one of the few to come from behind in a slowly run affair and didn't enjoy the clearest of passages.
Successful three times on the Flat in England (mainly campaigned on good ground) to earn a rating in excess of 100, and has been switched to hurdling by present connections. Looked set to get involved when brought down two out at Thurles. Capable of maiden success and will be of interest when getting a handicap mark