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 (13/8Fav, Newmarket 4th Oct), Antique Platinum (2/5Fav, Galway 29th Jul), Behana (7/2JFav, Galway 9th Sep), Bell Of The Ball (7/1, Ballinrobe 26th Aug), Captain Joy (5/1Fav, Dundalk 24th Oct), Carla Bianca (5/4Fav, Curragh 31st Aug), Cocoon (4/1, Listowel 15th Sep), Don Cossack (11/10Fav, Punchestown 16th Oct), Harrison's Cave (12/1, Ayr 18th Sep), In Salutem (10/1, Navan 22nd Oct), Johnnys Legacy (11/4JFav, Fontwell 14th Aug), Notable Graduate (3/1Fav, Down Royal 12th Sep), Royal Flight (13/8, Killarney 21st Aug), Shelford (6/4, Chepstow 11th Oct), Taglietelle (11/2, Punchestown 15th Oct), Tarfasha (11/10Fav, Curragh 14th Sep), Tom's Article (11/8Fav, Navan 27th Sep), Windsor Park (2/7Fav, Gowran Park 3rd Sep), Zand (14/1, Strasbourg 28th Sep),
Noted staying on behind Forgotten Rules on debut at the Punchestown Festival & absent for 6 months until quite keen in a rather slowly run bumper at Cork, beating all bar another potentially useful rival. Promising sort & looks sure to win a bumper.
Very promising debut at the Curragh finishing strongly from an unfavourable high draw. Pedigree and evidence of this outing suggest she should be well-suited by at least a mile.
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Plenty to like about debut effort in a fillies maiden at the Curragh when staying on strongly inside the final furlong. Sure to benefit from this experience, and well capable of winning a similar event.
Very lightly-raced (just one run over hurdles) in the past three years but went close to landing a touch on reappearance at Navan. Obviously difficult to train but has been given a chance by the handicapper. Stays 1m4f.
Runner-up twice in opening three outings over hurdles, and drew clear of the remainder when beaten by the useful Morning Run at Tipperary. Looks sure to win a mares maiden, and should stay 2m4f. Jumps well & should do well over fences in time. Yet to race on soft ground.
Took plenty of time to find top gear on belated debut at the Curragh before finishing really strongly, and fourth horse has won since. Sure to benefit from that experience and should stay 1m4f.
Hails from family that has produced plenty of black type winners, and showed promise on debut at the Curragh in a race that has been working out nicely. Poorly drawn and needed to be switched under two furlongs out but came home really well. Should stay at least ten furlongs.