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 — Agent Zigzag (5/6Fav, Killarney 15th May), Alcatraz (9/2, Curragh 9th Jun), Alghabrah (2/7Fav, Dundalk 10th Apr), Archibald Thorburn (50/15, Punchestown 28th Apr), Ashoka (9/1, Ascot 25th Mar), Avellino (2/7Fav, Ballinrobe 1st May), Balbir Du Mathan (1/4Fav, Limerick 21st Mar), Benie Des Dieux (3/1, Punchestown 28th Apr), Capri (7/4Fav, Naas 13th Apr), Dixie Highway (25/13, Tipperary 14th May), Ejayteekay (7/1, Down Royal 7th May), General Brook (3/1, Bath 16th Jun), Gizi Gazelle (5/1Fav, Tipperary 14th May), Hareth (13/8Fav, Navan 22nd Apr), High Street Lady (8/1, Dundalk 23rd Mar), Kuraka (14/1, Leopardstown 25th May), Latrobe (1/7Fav, Curragh 9th Jun), Mary Tudor (9/2, Navan 22nd Apr), My Snowdrop (7/1, Listowel 3rd Jun), Rapid Applause (3/1, Hamilton 6th May), Rhododendron (10/3Fav, Newbury 19th May), Southern France (4/7Fav, Navan 19th May), Tammy Wynette (6/4Fav, Dundalk 2nd May), Tell Me Annie (3/10Fav, Limerick 12th Apr), The Granson (7/4, Limerick 19th Mar), The Storyteller (16/1, Punchestown 24th Apr), Torcedor (9/4Fav, Ascot 2nd May), Waitaki (10/1, Fairyhouse 15th Jun),

HorseTrackerBongiorno (IRE)

coloursHalf-sister to six winners and caught the eye when unfancied on debut over 1m2f at the Curragh, staying on well in the closing stages behind the two market leaders. Should stay a mile and a half.

HorseTrackerPersian Lion (IRE)

coloursUnconsidered in the market but ran a cracker on debut at the Curragh despite a number of things going wrong. Lost ground at the start but stayed on well in the straight before meeting interference in the closing stages. Stays 1m2f well despite his pedigree suggesting a preference for shorter trips.

HorseTrackerLethal Promise (IRE)

Lost considerable ground when awkward from stalls on debut at the Curragh and was given time to find her feet before keeping on well in taking fashion. Should benefit from this experience and looks sure to progress.

HorseTrackerClarendon Street (IRE)

coloursCost €35,000 at Goffs Landrover Sale & finished strongly after being given plenty to do on debut in a Punchestown bumper. Plenty of stamina in his pedigree & should progress with racing.

HorseTrackerHazel Bay (IRE)

coloursWell-bred filly being a half-sister to high class performers Youmzain and Creachadoir and ran a cracker when thrown in the deep end on debut at Navan. Stayed on nicely up the hill to beat all bar Mary Tudor in 1m2f Listed race, and looks sure to progress with further experience.

HorseTrackerHasanabad (IRE)

coloursMade a pleasing start in a 1m2f Naas maiden when keeping on in third behind a couple of decent colts. Looks sure to progress from this experience and should stay further in time.

HorseTrackerSchool Boy Hours (IRE)

coloursFriendless in the market on debut but plenty to like about his strong-finishing third in a 21-runner Navan maiden hurdle. The half-brother to Finian's Oscar should benefit greatly from this experience & also appreciate a step up in trip.

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