Whispers

Alan Magee's Ones To Watch


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

Recent Whispers Winners — Ballyadam Brook (20/10, Listowel 1st Jun), Belisarius (4/7Fav, Dundalk 25th Apr), Bush Pilot (12/1, Curragh 8th Jun), Carla Bianca (13/8, Naas 25th Jun), Dashwood (3/1Fav, Ayr 27th Apr), Domination (12/1, Royal Ascot 17th Jun), General Brook (8/1, Leopardstown 12th Jun), Golden Ticket (12/1, Killarney 17th Jul), Hareth (7/2, Limerick 18th May), Hi Emperor (6/1, Curragh 19th Jul), In Salutem (9/2, Limerick 20th Jun), Jetson (20/1, Punchestown 1st May), Le Vent D'Antan (3/1JFav, Punchestown 30th Apr), Machete Mark (11/2, Naas 2nd Jun), Man With Van (10/11Fav, Hexham 7th Jun), Martello Tower (4/6Fav, Killarney 12th May), Money Spider (5/1, Limerick 7th Jun), Sailors Warn (1/1Fav, Sligo 4th May), Sharestan (5/6Fav, Sandown 29th May), Shell House (9/10Fav, Naas 25th Jun), Sparkle Factor (7/2JFav, Curragh 28th Jun), Subtle Ben (4/1, Limerick 18th May), Sugar Bullet (4/1, Kilbeggan 25th Apr), System Overload (11/10Fav, Curragh 8th Jun), Tarfasha (9/4, Naas 14th May), The Parishioner (10/11Fav, Bellewstown 6th Jul), Totally Dominant (8/13Fav, Bellewstown 6th Jul), What Lies Ahead (9/2, Ballinrobe 21st Jul), You Must Know Me (1/2Fav, Killarney 13th May),

Portage (IRE)

Eye-catching performance on debut in a Curragh maiden that has proved a good source of winners over the years (Australia beat Carla Bianca 12 months ago). Took a while to find top gear but finished very strongly under a considerate ride. Looks sure to progress and should appreciate a step up in trip.

Cocoon (IRE)

Full-sister to Irish Derby runner-up Kingfisher & came home really strongly on debut behind better-fancied stablemate Words at the Curragh. This maiden has already thrown up a number of winners & the daughter of Galileo looks sure to progress.

Shorana (IRE)

Hails from family that has produced plenty of black type winners, and showed promise on debut at the Curragh in a race that has been working out nicely. Poorly drawn and needed to be switched under two furlongs out but came home really well. Should stay at least ten furlongs.

Copy Print (IRE)

Totally ignored in the market on debut at Punchestown but showed plenty of promise in 25-runner bumper. Passed over half the field in the straight and sure to benefit from the experience.

Antique Platinum (IRE)

Promising debut at Naas considering not a lot went right. A bit further back than ideal after a tardy start and hampered early in the straight before staying on nicely. Should stay at least a mile.

Allen Warrior (IRE)

Showed little in three maiden outings last year before stepped up considerably in trip when reappearing after a ten-month break. Attracted support and stayed on well in Tramore 1m4f handicap. Probably suited by a more conventional track & can take advantage of lowly rating.