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Expect some winning magic from Hannah's; DARK HORSES Justin O'Hanlon identifies the potential winners to have emerged from the last week's action in Ireland.


Hard Fought Trainer: Eddie Hales 5th, 2m3f bumper, Cork, August 5 The mare didn't show much in three starts last autumn and winter, but given a little bit more time and some better ground she showed a good bit of improvement in this Cork bumper.

Held up early on, she stuck to the inner and made up her ground when she got caught up in a melee on the home bend, which knocked her back a few places and cost her a fair bit of momentum. However, the way she picked up after that incident and stayed on was pleasing and she clearly has a fair bit more ability than previously shown.

A daughter of Exit To Nowhere out of a half-sister to Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby, she looks the type who will stay well and good ground seems to suit. She looks to have enough ability to win a race or two.

Deep Speed Paul Hickey 3rd, 7f maiden, Cork, August 6 A pretty ordinary maiden, but that doesn't devalue an eyecatching performance from this newcomer.

Held up early and a bit tapped for speed after halfway, he ran very green when given a back-hander in the straight, but when his rider used the stick to keep him straight he got into his stride and saw the race out very well, passing a good few of his rivals in the final furlong.

It's not hard to see him improving a huge amount for this experience. Whether he has the ability to win a maiden remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he does. He certainly looks a nice horse.

Hannah's Magic Arthur Moore 2nd, 61/2f maiden, Sligo, August 7 Arthur Moore has had a decent measure of success with the juveniles he has trained for owner William Flood in recent years. Sligo has been a good hunting ground for them and there was a lot to like about this filly's performance.

Racing off the pace early on, she was being stoked along to keep her place before the straight and raced pretty green as well, but the penny dropped eventually and she picked up very well inside the final furlong.

There is a race for her at the same venue next week and there is every chance she will take up that engagement. She could well win a nursery before the season is out, although a similar maiden isn't out of the question.

Afternoon Sunlight Dermot Weld 3rd, 1m maiden, Curragh, August 11 A beautifully bred Sea The Stars half-sister to Casual Conquest among others, she made a fine start at the Curragh on Sunday.

The paddock pick, she raced handily before getting a fraction outpaced, in doing so losing all chance of success. However, she kept on nicely in the last furlong or so under a sympathetic ride and will certainly benefit from that.

It would be disappointing if she didn't get off the mark soon, and she should progress to be a fair bit better than a maiden winner.

Last week's winners Seeyouallincoppers (13-2), Queen Alphabet (11-2), Majestic Jasmine (5-1), Sea Rocket (11-4) and Lake District (Evens) were all highlighted in Dark Horses
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2013
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