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, Punchestown 14th Jan), Capital Force (4/9Fav, Thurles 9th Feb), Debuchet (13/8JFav, Leopardstown 29th Jan), Edwulf (11/2, Naas 26th Feb), Folsom Blue (4/1, Navan 4th Mar), Heartful (11/4JFav, Dundalk 10th Feb), Knocklong (6/4Fav, Catterick 8th Mar), Midnight Escape (15/8Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Outspoken (8/15Fav, Naas 11th Feb), Presenting Percy (11/1, Cheltenham 16th Mar), Shelford (4/11Fav, Towcester 16th Mar), Sutton Place (4/6Fav, Navan 19th Feb), The Storyteller (5/2, Thurles 19th Jan), Train Time (7/1, Dundalk 20th Jan),

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.

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.

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