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), Copy Print (7/1, Galway 30th Oct), Edwulf (9/2, Punchestown 14th Jan), Martello Tower (11/10Fav, Fairyhouse 3rd Dec), Milborough (4/1, Carlisle 11th Dec), Presenting Percy (4/5Fav, Punchestown 19th Nov), Stand Up And Fight (5/2, Punchestown 22nd Oct), 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), Woodford Island (6/5Fav, Fairyhouse 7th Nov),

HorseTrackerDebuchet (FR)

coloursTravelled really well in the opening four-year-old bumper of the year at Naas when only edged out in the closing stages. Time will reveal the true merit of the form but well-backed favourite was over five lengths behind in third. Looks well capable of winning a similar event.

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.

HorseTrackerCapital Force (IRE)

coloursMade 58,000 as a 3yo at the Goffs Land Rover Sale and from family of a number of decent chasers including Watson Lake. Very promising debut when just touched off in a 20-runner Fairyhouse maiden hurdle, and the form looks solid with the first 3 drawing clear. Looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerBig Ben (GB)

coloursA half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Attraction, the son of Galileo won a Curragh maiden for Ballydoyle and got his jumping career off to a bright start when keeping on well to beat all bar well-fancied stablemate Landofhopeandglory at Fairyhouse. Looks sure to pay his way over hurdles.

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.

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