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),

Gilt Shadow (IRE)

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.

Tuzo (IRE)

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.

Brod Na Heireann (IRE)

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.

Balbir Du Mathan (FR)

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.

First Figaro (GER)

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.

Minella Berry (IRE)

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.

Ryansbrook (IRE)

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.

Ordinary World (IRE)

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.