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), Basic Law (5/4Fav, Gowran Park 9th Apr), Dan Control (4.8, Sha Tin 17th Mar), Ejayteekay (10/1, Navan 18th Mar), Encapsulation (11/4Fav, Clonmel 18th Apr), Fuwairt (5/1, Kempton 6th Feb), Heaney (25/1, Exeter 9th Apr), Isotope (7/1, Cork 20th Apr), Jett (7/1, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Jetz (11/8, Navan 2nd Mar), Magical (1/1Fav, Naas 13th Apr), Mount Ida (13/8Fav, Wexford 5th Apr), Pack Your Bags (13/8Fav, Clonmel 14th Feb), Playa Del Puente (11/4, Dundalk 6th Mar), Presenting Percy (9/4Fav, Gowran Park 24th Jan), School Boy Hours (6/4, Cork 21st Mar), Take Revenge (4/1, Punchestown 10th Feb), The Holy One (20/13, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr),

HorseTrackerBasrah Breeze (IRE)

coloursSlowly away on debut over an extended 9f at Gowran Park before travelling well into the race like a decent sort when third behind the market principals. Should learn plenty from the outing, and bred to stay further.

HorseTrackerPenny Out (IRE)

coloursRaced keenly on opening two bumper outings and showed plenty of ability when stepped up to Listed company at Fairyhouse. Didn't enjoy a clear passage in the straight but kept on in the closing stages. Looks sure to win races when learning to settle.

HorseTrackerHamariyna (IRE)

coloursReally caught the eye on debut in a fillies maiden at Leopardstown when coming from well off the pace. Finished strongly without being given a hard time, and should benefit greatly from this experience.

HorseTrackerEncapsulation (IRE)

coloursUnfancied and never involved on debut at Leopardstown but stayed on really well in the straight behind well-backed favourite Tarnawa. Stays at least 1m2f and looks sure to progress.

HorseTrackerBasic Law (IRE)

coloursHalf-brother to five winners including Foundation (Group 2 Royal Lodge), and stable outsider when shaping with plenty of promise on debut at Naas. Didn't enjoy clearest of passages before staying on well in the closing stages. The form has a solid look, and he should benefit from the 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.

HorseTrackerIsotope (IRE)

coloursSteady progress in three maiden outings at Dundalk before unlucky in running on handicap debut again on the Polytrack. Looks on a competitive mark and should continue to improve.

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.

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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