Alan Magee's Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — Ashoka (11/10Fav, Warwick 10th Dec), Avellino (9/10Fav, Fairyhouse 30th Jan), Brod Na Heireann (7/4Fav, Towcester 17th Dec), Commeragh Trix (9/4, Fairyhouse 19th Dec), Don Cossack (1/8Fav, Thurles 14th Jan), Edwulf (13/8, Naas 16th Jan), Ghaamer (25/11, Meydan 7th Jan), Gurteen (4/6Fav, Navan 23rd Jan), Krugermac (9/4, Ascot 20th Nov), Manuka (11/2, Wolverhampton 5th Dec), Sutton Place (4/9Fav, Fairyhouse 10th Jan), Taglietelle (5/4Fav, Dundalk 20th Nov), Wakhan (11/4Fav, Musselburgh 1st Jan), Westend Star (4/5Fav, Thurles 14th Jan), Woodford Island (1/5Fav, Navan 23rd Jan), You Must Know Me (9/1, Leopardstown 6th Feb),

Presenting Percy (GB)

Friendless in the market on debut in a Punchestown bumper and was given a bit to do in the straight before staying on well to beat all bar a Willie Mullins-trained odds-on favourite. Should be suited by better ground and can win races.

Freeway Space (IRE)

Point-to-point winner at Ballindenisk and cracking effort on debut under rules in a hot mares winners bumper at Fairyhouse. Made most of the running and kept on gamely to finish close-up behind the talented Avellino. Looks sure to win a mares maiden bumper.

Ruby Gates (IRE)

Did everything wrong on debut in a 7f fillies maiden at Dundalk but left the impression there is certainly better to come with this initial experience under her belt. Lost plenty of ground at the start and was driven along throughout before the penny eventually dropped inside the final furlong. Should stay at least a mile.

Verus Cass (IRE)

Unconsidered in the market on debut but showed promise over what should prove to be an inadequate 7f in a fillies maiden at Dundalk. Came home well when asked for an effort inside the final furlong, and should benefit from this experience. Should be suited by a mile plus.

She's Otto (IRE)

Half-sister to four winners including the smart racemare Chomba Womba, and appeared a bit unlucky not to add to the family roll of honour on debut in a mares bumper at Fairyhouse. Given plenty to do before staying on strongly in the final furlong, and looks well capable of landing a similar event.

Outspoken (IRE)

Decent sort on the flat winning twice, and the half-brother to Sadler's Risk looks sure to make an impact over hurdles judged on his second to Allblak Des Places on very testing ground at Fairyhouse. Held every chance when stumbling on landing at the last, with the remainder strung out behind. Should be best suited by good ground.

A Shin Impala (IRE)

Very weak in the market and slow to get going from a wide draw on debut at Dundalk. However the penny really started to drop in the final furlong and he came home strongly without being given too hard a race. Looks sure to stay further and will surely benefit from this experience.

Blow By Blow (IRE)

From the family of former stablestar Cooldine, and went down fighting on debut in what may turn out a decent Punchestown bumper. Should have little difficulty going one better, and will appreciate a step up in trip when going jumping.