Interesting Malibu Magic shows a spark for Grassick; DARK HORSES.
Alcander Trainer: Fran Flood 3rd, 2m three-year-old maiden hurdle, Fairyhouse, November 7 This juvenile hurdle was noted more as a starting point for a couple of young charges from the very powerful Joseph O'Brien yard, and was won impressively by Landofhopeandglory, but this Fran Flood-trained horse certainly caught the eye.
The son of Makfi had not shown a great deal in three outings in Flat maidens, nor indeed in two prior runs over hurdles although his last effort at Punchestown had shown a modicum of promise.
The Fairyhouse effort was much more promising. He took his time to pick up from mid-division and really stayed on well from between the final two flights to finish a creditable third with plenty behind him.
He looks to be improving although he does seem to act well on good ground and opportunities on that surface are starting to diminish. He should win races though.
Malibu Magic Michael Grassick 8th, 7f two-year-old fillies maiden, Dundalk, November 9 The juvenile maidens between now and the end of the year at Dundalk are likely to be quite strong, and two horses from last Wednesday's evening meeting make it into this week's column.
This daughter of Rip Van Winkle showed promise on her debut. Mostly towards the rear and racing very greenly, she could never get into a challenging position, but the manner in which she kept on in the last furlong suggested there is better to come.
It would appear unlikely she will win a race this year, but she should be one to keep onside when she gets a handicap mark early next season. Harbour A Secret Jane Foley 7th, 7f two-year-old maiden, Dundalk, November 9 This gelded son of Harbour Watch produced the more promising effort of the two juveniles in this week's column.
Missing the break and always struggling to get involved, he was off the bridle before the turn into the straight and was racing fairly green.
However from over a furlong out he began to pick up and by the time they reached the line he was really beginning to race.
He's interesting, looks likely to appreciate a mile and will probably come back here before the year is out and show plenty of improvement. Seanathair Sandra Hughes 5th, 2m3f maiden hurdle, Naas, November 12 This is a potentially interesting horse, showing a reasonable level of debut ability in probably a wellcontested maiden hurdle won by a decent looking prospect in Baltazar D'Allier.
He was settled fairly well off the pace and steadily made up ground until the pace increased again, which he was unable to cope with. However he continued to make headway in the straight and did well.
He has an interesting pedigree, being out of a half-sister to Cheltenham Gold Cup third Harbour Pilot with plenty more stamina in his pedigree. He looks certain to improve for this effort and should continue to do so when stepping up in trip.
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