Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — An Dearg Mor (1/1Fav, Fairyhouse 7th Apr), Don Cossack (3/1JFav, Aintree 10th Apr), Gladiator King (2/1, Leopardstown 25th Jan), Like It A Lot (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Maller Tree (13/8Fav, Huntingdon 6th Apr), Martello Tower (14/1, Cheltenham 13th Mar), Milborough (18/12, Newcastle 21st Feb), Ryansbrook (5/1, Thurles 29th Jan), Taglietelle (7/1, Aintree 9th Apr), The Parishioner (11/1, Navan 1st Mar), Tomorrow Morning (12/1, Dundalk 27th Feb), Totally Dominant (11/4, Thurles 29th Jan), Velvet Maker (4/5Fav, Fairyhouse 31st Jan), What Lies Ahead (1/1Fav, Gowran Park 7th Mar), Windsor Park (3/10Fav, Gowran Park 11th Apr),

Angel Bay (GB)

Attracted support at fancy prices on debut at Leopardstown and, despite a tardy start, made a highly promising first impression. Came home strongly in the straight and looks capable of landing a fillies maiden. Stays at least a mile.

Art Of Synergy (IRE)

Unconsidered in the market when making a promising debut in a 20-runner Navan maiden hurdle. The form has a solid look with all the right horses finishing around him, and the Yeats gelding can only improve from this experience.

Lahaag (GB)

Successful three times on the Flat in England (mainly campaigned on good ground) to earn a rating in excess of 100, and has been switched to hurdling by present connections. Looked set to get involved when brought down two out at Thurles. Capable of maiden success and will be of interest when getting a handicap mark

Bitsandpieces (IRE)

The connections of Rebel Fitz could have a nice replacement on their hands judged on a fine debut when runner-up at Thurles. From the family of smart staying chaser Southern Vic, this strapping gelding will surely come into his own over fences.

Balbir Du Mathan (FR)

Listed winner over hurdles in France & switched to fences this term by present connections. Still in front when unlucky to loose footing on landing two out in a hot Fairyhouse event before beating all bar a very useful sort at Leopardstown. Normally a sound jumper & likes to be up with the pace.

First Figaro (GER)

Made debut in testing conditions at Leopardstown but acquitted himself very well. Will benefit from this experience, and looks sure to at least win a bumper with better ground likely to suit.