Whispers

Alan Magee's Ones To Watch


Alan Magee
Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.

Recent Whispers Winners — All Hell Let Loose (7/4Fav, Thurles 20th Mar), Domination (1/1Fav, Limerick 16th Mar), Feenakilmeedy (1/1Fav, Limerick 15th Mar), Fine Article (13/8Fav, Gowran Park 22nd Mar), Folsom Blue (7/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), General Brook (9/2, Cork 19th Apr), Ghaamer (12/1, Meydan 13th Mar), Jetson (14/1, Punchestown 2nd Feb), Lahinch Classics (6/5Fav, Dundalk 16th Apr), Le Vent D'Antan (2/5Fav, Navan 16th Mar), Man With Van (9/4Fav, Fairyhouse 1st Feb), Martello Tower (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 6th Apr), Prince Of All (15/8Fav, Dundalk 16th Apr), Saxo Jack (5/1, Meydan 30th Jan), Sparkle Factor (8/11Fav, Limerick 10th Apr), Taglietelle (3/1, Downpatrick 23rd Mar), What Lies Ahead (4/5Fav, Punchestown 19th Feb), Windsor Park (2/1, Leopardstown 26th Jan),

Bell Of The Ball (IRE)

Unconsidered in the market but ran a cracker on debut in a Wexford mares bumper that looked above average for the venue. Tapped for pace at a vital stage but really got going in the closing stages, and appears sure to benefit from this experience.

Sailors Warn (IRE)

Decent sort over hurdles at best, winning a Grade 2 & beaten less than a length in the County Hurdle 2 years ago. Switched to the Flat at Leopardstown & appears reasonably treated having kept on well in the straight over an inadequate seven furlongs. Looks well capable of winning at around 10f.

Like It A Lot (GB)

Just denied in a Galway bumper last year and, following a couple of very disappointing efforts, much more like it when switched to hurdles at Cork. Would have collected but for a mistake at the last when a strong-finishing second to odds-on Shamsikhan, with the first three well clear of the rest. Yet to race on good ground & should appreciate 2m4f.

Badgerfort (IRE)

Lightly-raced 5yo, fourth on debut in Land Rover Bumper last year, and shown plenty of promise since over hurdles including when finishing well in a 2m Navan maiden. Looks well capable of bumper success or when upped in trip over hurdles.

Sir Abbot (IRE)

Bought by current connections after proving stamina in an Avaune point-to-point & caught the eye on first outing under rules when staying on into third behind Quickpick Vic in a 2m maiden hurdle at Leopardstown. Crying out for 2m4f plus and looks a decent prospect.

Velvet Maker (FR)

Won a 12f French bumper in good style and made a pleasing hurdle debut in a 30-runner Navan maiden. The winner certainly comes into the 'could be anything' bracket, while the form has been well-advertised since by the runner-up. Looks sure to win his maiden and go on to better things.