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 — A Shin Impala (7/2Fav, Dundalk 23rd Dec), Any Second Now (6/1, Punchestown 14th Jan), Brelade (11/1, Navan 27th Nov), Capital Force (4/9Fav, Thurles 9th Feb), Debuchet (13/8JFav, Leopardstown 29th Jan), Edwulf (9/2, Punchestown 14th Jan), Heartful (11/4JFav, Dundalk 10th Feb), Martello Tower (11/10Fav, Fairyhouse 3rd Dec), Midnight Escape (15/8Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Milborough (4/1, Carlisle 11th Dec), Outspoken (8/15Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Sutton Place (4/6Fav, Navan 19th Feb), The Storyteller (5/2, Thurles 19th Jan), Train Time (7/1, Dundalk 20th Jan), Tuzo (10/1, Fairyhouse 17th Dec), Waitaki (7/2, Dundalk 2nd Dec),

HorseTrackerCracking Smart (FR)

coloursUnfancied on Irish debut but only gave best after the last when beating all bar favourite Midnight Escape in a 23-runner Naas maiden hurdle. Looks well capable of winning a similar event.

HorseTrackerJetz (IRE)

coloursFrom a family that connections have done really well with, notably Champion Hurdle winner Jezki. Ran very freely on debut in a 2m3f maiden hurdle at Naas & earlier exertions told when weakening on the run-in. Looks sure to progress from this promising initial outing.

HorseTrackerTheydon Park (GB)

coloursHuntingdon bumper winner & promising debut for current connections when switched to hurdles in a 4yo maiden at Naas. Never really involved but came home strongly & sure to benefit from this experience.

HorseTrackerPack Your Bags (IRE)

coloursWon Dungarvan point-to-point in good style but generally disappointing since. Attracted the attention of the stewards when staying on behind impressive front-runner Yaha Fizz in a 2m Navan handicap hurdle. Has only raced with plenty of cut in the ground & possibly best at around 2m4f.

HorseTrackerBenie Des Dieux (FR)

coloursThree-time winner in France and really impressive when switched to fences on Irish debut. Jumped well and kept up relentless gallop to score by a wide margin in a Limerick mares' event.

HorseTrackerTime Dee (GER)

coloursCost 100,000 guineas earlier this year and indicated that could be money well spent when making a promising debut at Dundalk. Never got involved but stayed on well inside the final furlong, and should come forward from this experience. Bred to appreciate 1m4f next year.

HorseTrackerHomesman (USA)

coloursShowed alot of greenness on debut at Dundalk and only got the hang of things late in the day when running on well to beat all bar stablemate War Secretary. Looks sure to progress from this run, and should stay at least a mile.