Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners A Shin Impala (8/13Fav, Dundalk 23rd Mar), Black Sea (7/2, Leopardstown 10th Apr), Blow By Blow (14/1, Punchestown 27th Apr), Bravery (1/2Fav, Dundalk 18th Apr), Callender (5/2JFav, Navan 15th May), Caolaneoin (20/1, Naas 6th Mar), Captain Joy (11/1, Lingfield 25th Mar), Claudio Monteverdi (4/5Fav, Leopardstown 6th Apr), Dixie Highway (7/1, Clonmel 19th May), Don Cossack (9/4Fav, Cheltenham 18th Mar), Embiran (11/4Fav, Curragh 20th Mar), Lundy (6/5Fav, Leopardstown 8th May), Maneen (4/1Fav, Curragh 22nd May), Mississippi River (5/1, Cork 27th Mar), Mulligatawny (4/6Fav, Dundalk 11th Mar), Orangey Red (6/5, Sligo 1st May), Presenting Percy (1/2Fav, Ballinrobe 15th Apr), Routes Choice (7/2, Limerick 11th Mar), Shamreen (4/5Fav, Gowran Park 25th May), Simannka (4/6Fav, Clonmel 5th May), Sutton Place (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 28th Mar), The Gurkha (4/1, Deauville 15th May), The Tulip (3/1, Dundalk 15th Apr), Zhukova (11/10Fav, Naas 11th May),
Full-sister to Grade 1 winner Glens Melody, and thrown in the deep end on debut when third in a Listed bumper at the Punchestown Festival. Finished strongly and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Should stay at least 2m4f when sent hurdling.
Classy pedigree being a half-sister to Teofilo and showed plenty of speed on debut when edged out close home by well-fancied rival in a Naas maiden. Looks sure to win her maiden before going on to better things.
Nicely bred gelding out of a Grade 1 winner in France and from the family of Roi Des Francs who cost 85,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale last year. Made long odds-on favourite work for victory in Leopardstown winners' bumper, and should progress from that debut run. Better ground looks sure to suit.
Stable second-string and unconsidered in the market when making debut in very testing conditions at Leopardstown. Stayed on nicely in the straight, and looks sure to progress with experience on better ground. Stays at least a mile.
Promising debut when beating all bar the odds-on favourite in a 20-runner maiden hurdle at Navan. Came home strongly up the hill and should be suited by an extra half-mile. Looks the type to do well over fences in time.