Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — Agent Zigzag (14/1, Curragh 28th Jun), Ashoka (6/5Fav, Aintree 14th Jun), Basic Law (6/1, Curragh 29th Jun), Benie Des Dieux (2/5Fav, Punchestown 4th May), Between Hills (4/1, Listowel 2nd Jun), Capital Force (5/1, Ludlow 12th May), Dinons (4/5Fav, Wexford 5th Jun), Ejayteekay (9/2, Ballinrobe 27th May), Gardens Of Babylon (5/2, Punchestown 3rd May), Hamariyna (5/1, Leopardstown 12th May), Hasanabad (8/11Fav, Tipperary 25th Apr), Heliac (11/8Fav, Roscommon 8th Jul), Il Paradiso (5/6Fav, Leopardstown 12th May), Isotope (7/1, Cork 20th Apr), Jett (7/1, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Lethal Promise (6/1, Cork 10th May), Magical (2/7Fav, Curragh 26th May), Mr Smith (3/1, Carlisle 11th Jun), Mulligatawny (4/1, Musselburgh 1st Jun), Mutadaffeq (7/1, Cork 11th May), Pack Your Bags (11/2, Tipperary 9th May), Penny Out (5/2, Punchestown 12th Jun), The Holy One (20/13, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Trethias (11/2, Naas 26th Jun), Up Helly Aa (4/6Fav, Gowran Park 3rd Jun), Wilderness (20/10, Cork 14th Jun),

Innisfree (IRE)

By Galileo out of a Listed winning Fastnet Rock mare for the same connections. Really caught the eye on debut at Naas when keeping on well from off the pace behind odds-on stablemate Year Of The Tiger. Sure to progress.

Ennistymon (IRE)

By Galileo out of the Listed race winning dam Lahinch, who has already produced six winners including Group 3 scorer The Bogberry. Ran much better than her finishing position would suggest when denied a clear run for most of the closing quarter mile on debut at the Curragh. Likely to progress with racing, and should stay a mile plus in time.

Pronouncement (USA)

Showed her inexperience on debut in a Naas fillies maiden when slowly into stride and took a while to get going at the business end. However the penny really started to drop in the closing stages and she could well take a decent step forward from this outing.

Royal Highness (IRE)

Unfancied on debut at Tipperary and never threatened after a tardy start but kept on nicely in the straight to beat all bar Memyselfandmoi. Should benefit from this initial experience.

Arthur's Kingdom (IRE)

Half-brother to Joshua Tree, the only three-time winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine, and caught the eye on debut behind odds-on stablemate Toronto. The 260,000 euro yearling wasn't that well away from stalls and stumbled on the home turn but still kept on well under a sympathetic ride. Looks sure to progress.

Earl Of Bunnacurry (IRE)

Prominent throughout when scoring twice on the all-weather last November but blew the start and denied a clear run in the straight last time at Leopardstown. Appears best at around a mile and has dropped down to a competitive mark.

General Counsel (IRE)

The Shantou gelding out of a half-sister to the stable's former Cheltenham Bumper winner Joe Cullen showed a good attitude on debut when going down narrowly in an 18-runner Cork bumper. Came clear of the remainder and looks sure to win races.

Shennan (IRE)

Plenty to like about his debut in a 17-runner Cork maiden, coming home strongly as the penny started to drop inside the final furlong. Runners from these quarters usually progress well with experience.

Explosive Boy (FR)

Unconsidered in the market on debut in a 20-runner maiden hurdle at Gowran Park but travelled nicely to track the leaders when falling at the penultimate flight. Hopefully he's none the worse for this tumble and looks well capable of winning races.