Alan Magee’s Ones To Watch

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

Recent Whispers Winners — Akito (25/1, Tramore 9th Apr), Art Of Synergy (3/1JFav, Kilbeggan 12th May), Ashoka (2/5Fav, Exeter 18th Apr), Bean Feasa (10/3Fav, Leopardstown 7th May), Blast Of Koeman (4/6Fav, Limerick 30th Mar), Bravery (20/1, Doncaster 1st Apr), Camelback (7/4Fav, Leopardstown 26th May), Caolaneoin (8/1, Punchestown 17th May), Cook Islands (5/2Fav, Punchestown 22nd May), Cracking Smart (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 18th Apr), Danse Rouge (5/1, Hoppegarten 14th May), Debuchet (4/5Fav, Limerick 6th Apr), Dixie Highway (7/1, Limerick 22nd Apr), Folsom Blue (4/1, Navan 4th Mar), Gilt Shadow (8/1, Ayr 22nd Apr), Hareth (3/1Fav, Limerick 6th Apr), Homesman (5/1, Curragh 28th May), Knocklong (6/4, Southwell 21st Apr), Mutadaffeq (3/1Fav, Pontefract 26th May), Pandagreen (9/4Fav, Leopardstown 26th May), Presenting Percy (11/1, Cheltenham 16th Mar), Rapid Applause (9/1, Naas 9th Apr), Ruby Gates (5/1, Dundalk 21st Apr), Shelford (4/11Fav, Towcester 16th Mar), Solar Halo (14/1, Curragh 13th May), Torcedor (4/1, Navan 23rd Apr), Vanishing Point (13/8Fav, Clonmel 18th May), Zamira (2/1Fav, Tipperary 25th May), Zhukova (1/3Fav, Cork 15th Apr),

HorseTrackerBelle Boyd (GB)

coloursTook a while to get going on debut over a mile at Cork but the penny really dropped inside the final furlong when finishing nicely to take third. Should stay further on pedigree, and looks sure to progress from this outing.

HorseTrackerBlack Ruby (IRE)

coloursHalf-sister to two Group 1 winners and looks sure to win races following a bright start at the Curragh when beating all bar the solid favourite in a 15-runner maiden. Ran freely on that occasion, and should get 1m4f when learning to settle.

HorseTrackerNew Terms (GB)

coloursNicely bred filly by New Approach out of a Nassau Stakes winner, and showed plenty of promise on debut at the Curragh where she didn't enjoy the run of the race but came home strongly. Should progress from the experience & stay further than a mile in time.

HorseTrackerMandamus (IRE)

coloursDual-purpose gelding & returned to form when scoring over 1m4f at Leopardstown. Showed promise over hurdles at Naas last autumn & reported to be coughing when disappointing after at Cork. Looks sure to win a summer maiden hurdle.

HorseTrackerCamelback (USA)

Plenty to like about debut run over what may prove an inadequate trip at Leopardstown. Never really got involved but kept on well in the straight, and looks sure to benefit from the experience. Bred to appreciate further.

HorseTrackerDinons (FR)

coloursMade 55,000 at the Derby Sale last year and indicated that was money well spent when running a cracker on debut in a valuable sales race bumper at Fairyhouse. Finished strongly to beat all bar favourite Red Jack, and looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerVanishing Point (GB)

coloursWon a 1m3f maiden for Andrew Balding last year, and made a bright start for new connections when switched to hurdles at Cork beating all bar well-backed favourite Look Closer in an 18-runner maiden. Looks well capable of winning a similar event, and should prove a nice dual purpose sort over the summer.

HorseTrackerMr Smith (GB)

coloursWell-bred dual purpose gelding and opened account over hurdles when part of a superbly executed treble for the yard at Roscommon last year. The full-brother to St Leger third Michelangelo really caught the eye when reappearing on the flat at Tipperary, and should be able to take advantage of a lowly handicap mark.

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