Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Akito (25/1, Tramore 9th Apr), Ashoka (2/5Fav, Exeter 18th Apr), Blast Of Koeman (4/6Fav, Limerick 30th Mar), Bravery (20/1, Doncaster 1st Apr), Capital Force (4/9Fav, Thurles 9th Feb), Cracking Smart (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 18th Apr), Danse Rouge (13/2, Hoppegarten 16th Apr), Debuchet (4/5Fav, Limerick 6th Apr), Dixie Highway (7/1, Limerick 22nd Apr), Edwulf (11/2, Naas 26th Feb), Folsom Blue (4/1, Navan 4th Mar), Gilt Shadow (8/1, Ayr 22nd Apr), Hareth (3/1Fav, Limerick 6th Apr), Heartful (11/4JFav, Dundalk 10th Feb), Knocklong (6/4, Southwell 21st Apr), Midnight Escape (15/8Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Outspoken (8/15Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Presenting Percy (11/1, Cheltenham 16th Mar), Rapid Applause (9/1, Naas 9th Apr), Ruby Gates (5/1, Dundalk 21st Apr), Shelford (4/11Fav, Towcester 16th Mar), Sutton Place (4/6Fav, Navan 19th Feb), Torcedor (4/1, Navan 23rd Apr), Zhukova (1/3Fav, Cork 15th Apr),
Won a 1m3f maiden for Andrew Balding last year, and made a bright start for new connections when switched to hurdles at Cork beating all bar well-backed favourite Look Closer in an 18-runner maiden. Looks well capable of winning a similar event, and should prove a nice dual purpose sort over the summer.
» Look Closer impresses in Cork
Well-bred dual purpose gelding and opened account over hurdles when part of a superbly executed treble for the yard at Roscommon last year. The full-brother to St Leger third Michelangelo really caught the eye when reappearing on the flat at Tipperary, and should be able to take advantage of a lowly handicap mark.
Showed promise on debut in 4yo bumper at Punchestown and stepped forward when just denied in a similar event at Limerick, where the first two pulled clear of the remainder. Has only raced on testing ground & looks sure to win races.
Unfancied on Irish debut but only gave best after the last when beating all bar favourite Midnight Escape in a 23-runner Naas maiden hurdle. Looks well capable of winning a similar event.
Three-time winner in France and really impressive when switched to fences on Irish debut. Jumped well and kept up relentless gallop to score by a wide margin in a Limerick mares' event.
» Another for Mullins as Benie impresses
Cost 100,000 guineas earlier this year and indicated that could be money well spent when making a promising debut at Dundalk. Never got involved but stayed on well inside the final furlong, and should come forward from this experience. Bred to appreciate 1m4f next year.
Showed alot of greenness on debut at Dundalk and only got the hang of things late in the day when running on well to beat all bar stablemate War Secretary. Looks sure to progress from this run, and should stay at least a mile.