Coolagh Magic continues to fall in the weights, now 8 lb lower than when last successful over five furlongs here in January last year. He hasn’t been with this yard long, and hinted at a revival when third over this C&D last month, catching the eye in fact.
That was the first positive signs he has showed for this yard, making headway out wide two furlongs out and keeping on without being given a hard time in the closing stages. That form is working out well with the winner going in again since, and a bold bid is expected from Coolagh Magic.
Richard Hughes has his string in excellent form at present and Queen of All could provide him with another winner. She made plenty of appeal on paper – dam unraced out of a half-sister to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas – and she defied market weakness to make a winning debut at Kempton in November, impressing with the style in which she put the race to bed in the closing stages.
The switch to fibresand is an unknown, but Hughes does well with his runners at this track and there should be even more to come from her.
Buckled took advantage of a much lower mark over fences to open his account in that sphere at this course last time, landing some nice bets in the process, and won with plenty in hand.
He now races off a much higher mark reverting back to hurdles, but he should give another good account if in the same form, and makes each-way appeal up against the less-exposed and likely favourite, First Account.