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 — A Hardy Nailer (7/1, Navan 9th Dec), Balbir Du Mathan (14/1, Navan 26th Nov), Benie Des Dieux (8/13Fav, Carlisle 3rd Dec), Blast Of Koeman (3/1JFav, Fairyhouse 15th Nov), Blow By Blow (1/3Fav, Navan 17th Dec), Clemmie (15/8Fav, Newmarket 30th Sep), Cracking Smart (5/4Fav, Cork 5th Nov), Danse Rouge (20/11, Hannover 29th Oct), Folsom Blue (10/1, Clonmel 16th Nov), Glens Harmony (4/9Fav, Thurles 26th Oct), Jett (2/1, Thurles 30th Nov), Jetz (4/1, Fairyhouse 7th Nov), Presenting Percy (7/2JFav, Fairyhouse 3rd Dec), Rhododendron (7/1, Chantilly 1st Oct), Routes Choice (11/2, Sligo 27th Sep), Sexy Legs (10/1, Newcastle 29th Sep), Taglietelle (9/4Fav, Punchestown 18th Nov), The Storyteller (11/4, Fairyhouse 2nd Dec),

HorseTrackerState Of Nirvana (IRE)

coloursShowed promise in bumpers and jumped well when making a very pleasing debut over hurdles finishing fourth in a decent Punchestown maiden. Should progress again and looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerThe Holy One (IRE)

coloursWon only point-to-point start & made a promising debut under rules when beating all bar the hot favourite in a winners' bumper at Punchestown. Looks sure to win a bumper & progress over jumps in time.

HorseTrackerPortally Cove (IRE)

coloursStable second string when making a pleasing debut at Dundalk, she kept on well in the closing stages and looks sure to benefit from this experience. Should have no trouble staying a mile.

HorseTrackerLatrobe (IRE)

coloursGradually warmed to his task after a slow start and, having made headway on the outer approaching the straight, came home strongly to press the hot-favourite in the closing stages. Should stay further than a mile, and looks a nice prospect.

HorseTrackerGardens Of Babylon (IRE)

coloursNever threatened on debut at Leopardstown but kept on well in the straight to take third behind an odds-on stablemate. Looks sure to progress from this experience, and should stay 1m2f plus.

HorseTrackerAlghabrah (IRE)

coloursThe half-sister to same connections Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad made a very pleasing debut when runner-up over a mile at Leopardstown. The penny seemed to really drop inside the furlong, and the form looks solid with the winner held in high regard and a gap of over 5 lengths back to the third in this 18-runner event.

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