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), Baily Cloud (12/1, Killarney 18th Aug), Best In The World (12/1, Cork 2nd Aug), Callender (11/4JFav, Navan 3rd Sep), Capri (8/11Fav, Curragh 25th Sep), Copy Print (8/1, Gowran Park 1st Oct), Eziyra (5/4Fav, Curragh 25th Sep), In Salutem (9/2Fav, Ascot 6th Aug), Laoch Na Mi (5/4Fav, Leopardstown 4th Aug), Muraabit (11/4Fav, Newbury 16th Sep), Ordinary World (6/1, Fairyhouse 8th Oct), Rhododendron (5/2JFav, Newmarket 7th Oct), Right Honourable (5/4Fav, Galway 25th Jul), Sailors Warn (11/4Fav, Stratford 11th Aug), Sea Of Grace (7/2, Curragh 28th Aug), Sea Swift (7/4Fav, Sligo 3rd Aug), Shamreen (2/1, Curragh 11th Sep), Sikandarabad (10/11Fav, Galway 26th Jul), 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), The Gurkha (11/8Fav, Goodwood 27th Jul), Zhukova (5/2, Leopardstown 10th Sep),

Sir John Lavery (IRE)

Beautifully bred Galileo colt out of a Group 3 winning half-sister to Hawk Wing, and really caught the eye on debut at the Curragh over 1m1f when passing the vast majority of the 14-runner field in the straight. Looks sure to stay further and has plenty of scope for improvement.

Spirit Of Valor (USA)

Slow enough into stride on debut at the Curragh, and even needed a reminder before halfway, but really caught the eye when finishing strongly into third. Looks sure to progress and appreciate a bit further, although will probably need good ground.

Just Cause (IRE)

Point-to-point winner and stayed well when successful twice over hurdles last term. Jumped nicely when switched to fences over an inadequate trip at Gowran Park, and looks sure to progress when upped in distance.

Aneen (IRE)

Half-sister to Awtaad and well-fancied on debut in a valuable fillies maiden at Leopardstown that often throws up decent types. Unpromising position at halfway but came home strongly in the straight. Obviously held in good regard & looks sure to win races.

Petticoat (GB)

Never involved in a valuable fillies maiden on debut at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend but stayed on in encouraging fashion in the closing stages. Looks sure to benefit from the experience and should appreciate 1m2f in time.

Kissing Bubbles (IRE)

Made an eye-catching debut when coming from off the pace at Navan. Met interference over two furlongs out before finishing well under a considerate ride. Stays at least a mile and looks sure to progress.

Solar Halo (USA)

Plenty to like about debut at the Cuuragh considering 6f is likely to be too sharp for this filly from the family of Derby winner Kris Kin. Looks sure to progress when upped in trip.

Falling Leaves (IRE)

Beautifully bred filly by Galileo out of the Moyglare and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Again. Got the hang of things in the closing stages when staying on nicely on debut in a fillies maiden at Galway. Looks sure to benefit from the experience.