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 — Blast Of Koeman (13/2, Punchestown 31st Dec), Clarendon Street (2/5Fav, Wetherby 4th Jan), Fuwairt (5/1, Kempton 6th Feb), Gardens Of Babylon (7/1, Punchestown 31st Dec), Jetz (4/1, Navan 25th Nov), Pack Your Bags (13/8Fav, Clonmel 14th Feb), Playa Del Puente (13/8, Dundalk 19th Dec), Presenting Percy (9/4Fav, Gowran Park 24th Jan), Routes Choice (33/16, Limerick 27th Dec), Stand Up And Fight (11/10Fav, Down Royal 26th Dec), Take Revenge (4/1, Punchestown 10th Feb), The Holy One (8/13Fav, Thurles 20th Jan),

HorseTrackerYou Can Call Me Al (IRE)

coloursPlenty to like about his debut run in a 25-runner Naas maiden hurdle which has a solid look with the form horses to the fore. Made a significant move from off the pace before a mistake two out halted his progress but kept on nicely on the run-in. Looks sure to learn from this experience and win races.

HorseTrackerLovee Dovee (GB)

coloursWell bred filly and promising start considering little went right on debut at Dundalk. Took keen hold on outer and hampered when staying on well in the closing stages behind stablemate Altair. Looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerStowie Belle (IRE)

coloursObviously not been the easiest to train but promising debut at Thurles when staying on well behind odds-on favourite The Holy One. Bred to appreciate further and should progress from this initial experience.

HorseTrackerGrandmaster Flash (IRE)

coloursWell-fancied on debut and drew clear with more experienced fellow joint-favourite when runner-up over 7f at Dundalk. Looks sure to win a maiden at this venue and should appreciate a step up in trip.

HorseTrackerMunfallet (IRE)

coloursWon six times, all when making the running over six furlongs, in England and made a bright start on his Irish debut at Dundalk when coming home well under tender handling over a mile. Still on a reasonable mark despite 7lb hike for that run, and his trainer does well with a small string.

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