Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners Any Second Now (3/1, Naas 23rd Feb), Benie Des Dieux (1/1Fav, Gowran Park 23rd Jan), Cherif De L'isle (3/1Fav, Limerick 15th Mar), Cracking Smart (16/1, Navan 16th Feb), Dreamingandhoping (13/8Fav, Punchestown 15th Jan), Entoucas (4/5Fav, Naas 8th Feb), Jetz (3/1, Thurles 21st Mar), Lynwood Gold (11/4, Navan 14th Mar), Munfallet (6/1, Dundalk 14th Feb), Mutadaffeq (9/1, Clonmel 24th Mar), Politesse (9/4, Thurles 21st Mar), Ruby Gates (5/1, Lingfield 13th Mar), Run For Oscar (15/8Fav, Leopardstown 2nd Mar), Space Cadet (25/12, Downpatrick 22nd Mar), Tronador (11/10Fav, Thurles 10th Jan), Waitaki (6/1, Kempton 12th Feb),
Decent Flat pedigree from the family of classic winners Love Divine and Sixties Icon but has the physique to prosper over jumps. Looks well capable of a bumper success in the interim judged on promising debut at Thurles when staying on strongly from off the pace.
Won twice in 3m handicap hurdles on good ground and, following three outings over inadequate trips over fences, came home well on handicap chase debut over 2m4f at Thurles. Looks reasonably treated when stepping up in distance.
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Failed to complete twice in point-to-points last year before snapped up for 50,000 by current connections at Doncaster in January and caught the eye on rules debut in a Navan maiden hurdle. Looks sure to progress and win races.
Went close a couple of times in nurseries last year including when unlucky in running at Down Royal and made a promising reappearance at Dundalk despite a wide draw and slow start. Probably best suited by 7f or a testing 6 and likes an ease in the ground.
By American Pharoah out of an unraced sister to Irish Guineas winner Yesterday and well-supported on debut over a mile at Dundalk. Unfavoured by a wide draw and showed inexperience in the straight but still plenty to like about his third in a race dominated by promising newcomers. Looks sure to progress and should stay further.
Unfancied on debut at Dundalk but put in good work in the closing stages when beating all bar the hot-favourite in a 7f maiden. Bred to appreciate further and should benefit from this experience.
Half-brother to dual bumper winner and Grade 2 scorer over fences Charbel. Promising debut when staying on into third in a Thurles bumper and looks sure to win races.
Unfancied on debut in a mile Dundalk maiden and showed his inexperience before the penny started to drop when keeping on well in the closing stages. Looks sure to progress and should stay further.