Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Aloft (5/2Fav, Royal Ascot 19th Jun), An Dearg Mor (1/1Fav, Fairyhouse 7th Apr), Awesome Star (4/9Fav, Leopardstown 18th Jun), Bitsandpieces (13/8Fav, Tipperary 23rd Apr), Botany Bay (7/1, Down Royal 20th Jun), Don Cossack (5/2, Punchestown 29th Apr), Gallope (3/1, Cork 14th Jun), Hi Emperor (5/1, Cork 20th Apr), In Salutem (11/1, Curragh 19th Apr), King Of Oriel (14/1, Fairyhouse 28th May), Louise Royale (4/1, Killarney 10th May), Madeira Classic (7/2JFav, Navan 18th Apr), Maller Tree (13/8Fav, Huntingdon 6th Apr), Muraabit (20/13, Navan 30th May), Pour Deux (2/1Fav, Naas 24th Jun), Taglietelle (7/1, Aintree 9th Apr), Windsor Park (3/10Fav, Gowran Park 11th Apr), Zhukova (8/15Fav, Navan 13th Jun),
Very unlucky not to score at Ballinrobe, suffering a troubled passage before passing nearly all the 14-runner field in the short straight with a powerful late burst on the outer. Seemed to stay 12f previously but bred to appreciate a bit less & her turn of foot looks a powerful asset in this grade.
Nicely bred Moyglare filly and very unlucky not to score on debut at Limerick when getting into plenty of trouble in the straight. Sure to benefit from this experience & should stay at least a mile in time.
Won on the all-weather in England & promising start for new connections at the Curragh. Raced on the stands' side before switched wide and came home well. Probably best over 7f.
» Friendless Bainne scores under Kelly
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.
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