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 (7/2, Carlisle 30th Nov), Ryansbrook (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Space Cadet (13/2, Leopardstown 26th Dec), Totally Dominant (11/4, Thurles 29th Jan), Urano (1/1Fav, Cork 3rd Jan), Whatwillwecallher (4/6Fav, Naas 4th Jan), Windsor Park (6/4Fav, Leopardstown 29th Dec),
Very useful sort in bumpers and in light campaign over hurdles. Off the track for a year before switched to fences at Navan, and looked a natural until falling at the last with race at his mercy. Could develop into a high class novice if none the worse for that spill. Stays at least 2m4f and best form to-date with plenty of cut in the ground.
» navan 24th Jan
» Apache takes his Gilt-edged opportunity
» down royal 2nd Nov
» Sparkling display from jumping Shadow
» The Liquidator lays down the law!
» Crawfords double up with Shadow
» down royal 3rd Nov
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.
» De Tour a big Champion Bumper player
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.
» TLeopardstown 8th Feb 2.45 Flogas Novice S'chase (Grade 1)
» TCheltenham 10th Mar 4.40 Toby Balding National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders)
» TCheltenham 11th Mar 2.05 RSA Chase (Grade 1)
» TCheltenham 12th Mar 1.30 JLT Novice Chase (Grade 2)
» fairyhouse 21st Jan
» Cooper doubles up as Thunder strikes
» leopardstown 28th Dec
» D'Antan looks good in beginners
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
Bought for 37,000 euro 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 when staying on after an uncharacteristic blunder at the second last, and the form has been advertised since. Should be suited by 2m4f plus.
Full brother to 2m4f Grade 1 winner For Non Stop. Indicated ability in Clonmel maiden hurdle and, following summer break, again shaped well in Thurles maiden when staying on well behind odds-on Golantilla. Seems suited by soft ground & looks capable of handicap success perhaps beyond two-mile.
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.