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 — Any Second Now (6/1, Cheltenham 14th Mar), Ashoka (11/4, Southwell 14th May), Basic Law (9/4, Gowran Park 5th May), Benie Des Dieux (2/5Fav, Punchestown 4th May), Capital Force (5/1, Ludlow 12th May), Dan Control (4.8, Sha Tin 17th Mar), Dinons (1/4Fav, Killarney 12th May), Ejayteekay (10/1, Navan 18th Mar), Encapsulation (11/4Fav, Clonmel 18th Apr), Gardens Of Babylon (5/2, Punchestown 3rd May), Hamariyna (5/1, Leopardstown 12th May), Hasanabad (8/11Fav, Tipperary 25th Apr), Heaney (25/1, Exeter 9th Apr), Heliac (9/10Fav, Cork 22nd May), Il Paradiso (5/6Fav, Leopardstown 12th May), Isotope (7/1, Cork 20th Apr), Jett (7/1, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Jetz (11/8, Navan 2nd Mar), Lethal Promise (6/1, Cork 10th May), Magical (2/9Fav, Curragh 6th May), Mount Ida (13/8Fav, Wexford 5th Apr), Mutadaffeq (7/1, Cork 11th May), Pack Your Bags (11/2, Tipperary 9th May), Playa Del Puente (11/4, Dundalk 6th Mar), School Boy Hours (6/4, Cork 21st Mar), The Holy One (20/13, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr),

HorseTrackerUp Helly Aa (IRE)

coloursBy Galileo out of a mare who won the Group 1 Matron Stakes for the same connections, and plenty to like about his debut at Cork. Gradually warmed to his task over 1m2f, and finished strongly to beat all bar fellow newcomer Brogue. Looks sure to benefit from this experience and win races.

HorseTrackerIstoria (IRE)

coloursHooded on debut in a 1m2f fillies maiden at Cork but settled quite well and came home strongly despite meeting some interference at a crucial stage. Should be suited by a step up in trip and looks well capable of winning a similar event.

HorseTrackerBetween Hills (IRE)

coloursSpeedily bred juvenile and didn't enjoy the clearest of passages on debut in a fillies maiden at Navan. Came home well when finally getting an opening inside the final furlong, and looks well capable of winning a similar event.

HorseTrackerGeneral Counsel (IRE)

coloursThe Shantou gelding out of a half-sister to the stable's former Cheltenham Bumper winner Joe Cullen showed a good attitude on debut when going down narrowly in an 18-runner Cork bumper. Came clear of the remainder and looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerRomantic Proposal (IRE)

coloursUnfancied on debut in a mile Cork maiden against the colts when making nice late headway from off the pace. Should learn from this experience and likely to be suited by a bit further.

HorseTrackerShennan (IRE)

coloursPlenty to like about his debut in a 17-runner Cork maiden, coming home strongly as the penny started to drop inside the final furlong. Runners from these quarters usually progress well with experience.

HorseTrackerExplosive Boy (FR)

coloursUnconsidered in the market on debut in a 20-runner maiden hurdle at Gowran Park but travelled nicely to track the leaders when falling at the penultimate flight. Hopefully he's none the worse for this tumble and looks well capable of winning races.

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