Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Captain Joy (9/4Fav, Lingfield 10th Jan), Dashwood (7/2, Dundalk 10th Dec), Don Cossack (6/4, Thurles 15th Jan), Fine Article (1/5Fav, Limerick 27th Dec), Gladiator King (2/1, Leopardstown 25th Jan), Golden Ticket (14/1, Punchestown 31st Dec), Le Vent D'Antan (7/4Fav, Leopardstown 28th Dec), Like It A Lot (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Martello Tower (5/2, Limerick 29th Dec), Milborough (18/12, Newcastle 21st Feb), Ryansbrook (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Space Cadet (13/2, Leopardstown 26th Dec), Taglietelle (1/1Fav, Fairyhouse 21st Feb), The Parishioner (11/1, Navan 1st Mar), Tomorrow Morning (12/1, Dundalk 27th Feb), Totally Dominant (11/4, Thurles 29th Jan), Urano (1/1Fav, Cork 3rd Jan), Velvet Maker (4/5Fav, Fairyhouse 31st Jan), Whatwillwecallher (4/6Fav, Naas 4th Jan), Windsor Park (6/4Fav, Leopardstown 29th Dec),
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
Reportedly held in good regard by the champion trainer, and probably a shade unlucky not to collect in a Fairyhouse bumper. In what developed into a bit of a sprint, he stretched clear along with fellow newcomer Golan Lodge. Compensation surely awaits.
» Newcomer Lodge lands Codd/Doyle bumper
The connections of Rebel Fitz could have a nice replacement on their hands judged on a fine debut when runner-up at Thurles. From the family of smart staying chaser Southern Vic, this strapping gelding will surely come into his own over fences.
» Hayes doubles up with Chosen one
Far from disgraced on debut at Dundalk (1m) in January and, despite little going right, took a good step forward over the same course and distance the following month. Slowly into stride and ran freely before coming home nicely behind Song Of Love. Stays at least a mile and should continue to progress with further experience.
Very encouraging debut when staying on well in the closing stages behind highly regarded winner who is currently a leading fancy for the Cheltenham Festival Bumper. Sure to benefit from this experience.
Finished well when runner-up in a 25-runner Navan maiden hurdle last term, and appreciated a step up in trip in a hot-looking maiden won by Windsor Park at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting. Stays at least 2m4f.
Listed winner over hurdles in France & switched to fences this term by present connections. Still in front when unlucky to loose footing on landing two out in a hot Fairyhouse event before beating all bar a very useful sort at Leopardstown. Normally a sound jumper & likes to be up with the pace.
Made debut in testing conditions at Leopardstown but acquitted himself very well. Will benefit from this experience, and looks sure to at least win a bumper with better ground likely to suit.
» Cadet passes bumper test in style
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.