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), Bell Of The Ball (8/1, Downpatrick 17th Jun), Black Ruby (5/2, Fairyhouse 1st Jun), 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), 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), Orangey Red (10/3, Fairyhouse 16th Jun), Pandagreen (9/4Fav, Leopardstown 26th May), Petticoat (9/2, Leopardstown 15th Jun), Rapid Applause (9/1, Naas 9th Apr), Ruby Gates (5/1, Dundalk 21st Apr), Sailors Warn (9/2, Stratford 20th Jun), 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),

HorseTrackerRoman Gal (IRE)

coloursHalf-sister to three winners including the useful Salouen, and plenty to like about her debut over an inadequate six furlongs at Fairyhouse. Really got going in the closing stages, and looks sure to progress from that experience and when upped in trip.

HorseTrackerClemmie (IRE)

coloursThe well-bred Galileo filly caught the eye when slowly away on debut at the Curragh before keeping on really well inside the final furlong. Coincidentally her full-brother Churchill was also beaten first time out the same weekend 12 months ago and he didn't turn out too bad!

HorseTrackerNew To Town (IRE)

coloursRan a cracker on debut when just pegged back close home by the favourite in a 7f maiden at Leopardstown. Bred to stay further and looks sure to win races.

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.

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.

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.

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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