Alan Magee's Ones To Watch
Alan Magee Alan Magee shares his thoughts on runners which have recently caught his attention.
Recent Whispers Winners A Shin Impala (8/13Fav, Dundalk 23rd Mar), Black Sea (7/2, Leopardstown 10th Apr), Blow By Blow (14/1, Punchestown 27th Apr), Bravery (1/2Fav, Dundalk 18th Apr), Caolaneoin (20/1, Naas 6th Mar), Captain Joy (11/1, Lingfield 25th Mar), Claudio Monteverdi (4/5Fav, Leopardstown 6th Apr), Don Cossack (9/4Fav, Cheltenham 18th Mar), Embiran (11/4Fav, Curragh 20th Mar), Jett (9/1, Leopardstown 28th Feb), Maneen (1/1, Limerick 23rd Apr), Mississippi River (5/1, Cork 27th Mar), Mulligatawny (4/6Fav, Dundalk 11th Mar), Orangey Red (6/5, Sligo 1st May), Presenting Percy (1/2Fav, Ballinrobe 15th Apr), Routes Choice (7/2, Limerick 11th Mar), Shamreen (8/11Fav, Gowran Park 24th Apr), She's Otto (4/11Fav, Gowran Park 13th Feb), Simannka (4/6Fav, Clonmel 5th May), Sutton Place (13/8Fav, Fairyhouse 28th Mar), The Gurkha (11/8, Navan 17th Apr), The Tulip (3/1, Dundalk 15th Apr), Urano (7/1, Clonmel 18th Feb), You Must Know Me (9/1, Leopardstown 6th Feb), Zhukova (6/1, Curragh 3rd Apr),
Full-sister to Grade 1 winner Glens Melody, and thrown in the deep end on debut when third in a Listed bumper at the Punchestown Festival. Finished strongly and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Should stay at least 2m4f when sent hurdling.
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Classy pedigree being a half-sister to Teofilo and showed plenty of speed on debut when edged out close home by well-fancied rival in a Naas maiden. Looks sure to win her maiden before going on to better things.
Catches the eye on pedigree being out of the classy Mad About You, and shaped well on debut in a fillies maiden at Dundalk despite being slowly away from a wide draw. Beat all bar the odds-on favourite & form looks solid as she drew clear of the remainder. Can win something similar at around a mile.
Plenty to like about his debut run at Dundalk when beating all bar highly-regarded stablemate. Looks sure to improve from this outing, and kept on well in the closing stages to suggest six furlongs should be no problem.
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Nicely bred gelding out of a Grade 1 winner in France and from the family of Roi Des Francs who cost 85,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale last year. Made long odds-on favourite work for victory in Leopardstown winners' bumper, and should progress from that debut run. Better ground looks sure to suit.
Stable second-string and unconsidered in the market when making debut in very testing conditions at Leopardstown. Stayed on nicely in the straight, and looks sure to progress with experience on better ground. Stays at least a mile.
Promising debut when beating all bar the odds-on favourite in a 20-runner maiden hurdle at Navan. Came home strongly up the hill and should be suited by an extra half-mile. Looks the type to do well over fences in time.