Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — Aneen (5/2Fav, Curragh 10th Oct), Brelade (11/1, Navan 27th Nov), Capri (8/11Fav, Curragh 25th Sep), Copy Print (7/1, Galway 30th Oct), Eziyra (5/4Fav, Curragh 25th Sep), Martello Tower (11/10Fav, Fairyhouse 3rd Dec), Muraabit (11/4Fav, Newbury 16th Sep), Ordinary World (6/1, Fairyhouse 8th Oct), Presenting Percy (4/5Fav, Punchestown 19th Nov), Rhododendron (5/2JFav, Newmarket 7th Oct), Shamreen (2/1, Curragh 11th Sep), Sir John Lavery (8/13Fav, Gowran Park 18th Oct), Space Cadet (13/8, Roscommon 17th Oct), Spirit Of Valor (8/13Fav, Naas 16th Oct), Stand Up And Fight (5/2, Punchestown 22nd Oct), Waitaki (7/2, Dundalk 2nd Dec), Woodford Island (6/5Fav, Fairyhouse 7th Nov),

Midnight Escape (IRE)

Point-to-point winner and unconsidered on debut under rules when shaping nicely in a 30-runner 2m Navan maiden hurdle. Kept on well from before the last and should be suited by a step up in trip.

Mall Dini (IRE)

Very useful staying handicap hurdler winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, and looks sure to do well over fences judged on his seasonal debut at Punchestown. The point-to-point winner jumps well and seems adaptable ground wise. Suited by a test of stamina.

Big Ben (GB)

A half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Attraction, the son of Galileo won a Curragh maiden for Ballydoyle and got his jumping career off to a bright start when keeping on well to beat all bar well-fancied stablemate Landofhopeandglory at Fairyhouse. Looks sure to pay his way over hurdles.

The Storyteller (IRE)

Easy winner of a modest Downpatrick bumper and unlucky not to collect on return from a summer break when switched to hurdles at Down Royal, travelling strongly when a faller two out. Stays well and appears suited by good ground.

Time Dee (GER)

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.

Homesman (USA)

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.