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 — Dawn Rising (2/9Fav, Limerick 29th Jun), Ennistymon (11/8Fav, Leopardstown 9th Jun), Even So (13/8Fav, Naas 4th Jul), Fame And Acclaim (11/4Fav, Cork 12th Jul), Heliac (5/2Fav, Leopardstown 14th Jun), Isotope (5/2Fav, Roscommon 7th Jul), Love Locket (6/1, Leopardstown 9th Jun), Lynwood Gold (13/2, Curragh 10th Jul), Magical (2/5Fav, Curragh 28th Jun), Mutadaffeq (16/1, Curragh 13th Jun), Pronouncement (6/4Fav, Naas 24th Jun), So Suave (13/2, Gowran Park 17th Jun), Tullybeg (1/2Fav, Bellewstown 4th Jul), Wilderness (11/4Fav, Leopardstown 11th Jul), Wind N Grass (7.8, Happy Valley 8th Jul), Winner Takes Itall (15/8, Gowran Park 17th Jun),

HorseTrackerEbeneezer Perry (GB)

coloursCost 80,000 at Doncaster as a yearling and shaped well on debut from a wide draw at Leopardstown. Took a while to get going in the straight but the penny really started to drop in the closing stages and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Stays at least 7f.

HorseTrackerFederica Sophia (IRE)

coloursBy Galileo and out of a Group 2 winning half-sister to Free Eagle and Search For A Song. Showed plenty of promise on debut when finishing strongly in an 18-runner mile Cork maiden. Looks sure to win races and should appreciate a bit further.

HorseTrackerZawara (IRE)

coloursBeautifully bred filly by Dubawi out of a Group 3 winner in France and closely related to Arc heroine Zarkava. Ran a cracker on debut when beating all bar much better fancied stablemate over a mile at Naas. Looks sure to progress and should be suited by a step up in trip.

HorseTrackerMarchons Ensemble (GB)

coloursMaiden winner at Bellewstown last year and caught the eye when stepped up to 1m2f on reappearance at Leopardstown. Made rapid headway from off the pace in the straight to beat all bar favourite Moll and looks capable of further progress.

HorseTrackerSundance Star (IRE)

coloursSprint handicapper winning for Ken Condon at Dundalk last year. Unfancied on first outing for new connections after a 12 months absence at the Curragh and kept on late after not enjoying a clear run. Lame afterwards and hopefully can recover to take advantage of current mark.

HorseTrackerLeadership Race (IRE)

coloursUnsuited by soft ground on a number of occasions last year before scoring twice over 7f at Dundalk. Reappeared over same trip at the Curragh and given plenty to do before finishing strongly when going down by just a length in 17-runner handicap. Progressive sort and looks capable of further success off his current mark.

HorseTrackerMe Too Please (IRE)

coloursDecent Flat pedigree from the family of classic winners Love Divine and Sixties Icon but has the physique to prosper over jumps. Looks well capable of a bumper success in the interim judged on promising debut at Thurles when staying on strongly from off the pace.

HorseTrackerGoodnightngodbless (IRE)

coloursWon twice in 3m handicap hurdles on good ground and, following three outings over inadequate trips over fences, came home well on handicap chase debut over 2m4f at Thurles. Looks reasonably treated when stepping up in distance.

HorseTrackerMyrcella (IRE)

coloursWent close a couple of times in nurseries last year including when unlucky in running at Down Royal and made a promising reappearance at Dundalk despite a wide draw and slow start. Probably best suited by 7f or a testing 6 and likes an ease in the ground.

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