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 (1/1Fav, Naas 10th Feb), Blow By Blow (1/3Fav, Navan 17th Dec), Captain Joy (7/2, Dundalk 12th Jan), Edwulf (33/10, Leopardstown 4th Feb), Folsom Blue (5/1Fav, Punchestown 11th Feb), Freeway Space (3/1, Clonmel 20th Feb), General Brook (15/2, Kempton 16th Jan), Hareth (8/1, Navan 20th Jan), Jett (2/1, Thurles 30th Nov), Los Barbados (8/1, Meydan 25th Jan), Mostawfee (14/1, Dundalk 16th Feb), Presenting Percy (9/4JFav, Gowran Park 25th Jan), Right Honourable (34, Happy Valley 20th Dec), Stooshie (7/2, Down Royal 26th Dec), Sutton Place (4/6Fav, Fairyhouse 1st Jan), The Storyteller (11/4, Fairyhouse 2nd Dec),

HorseTrackerKuraka (GB)

coloursShowed promise on the Flat for Karl Burke & placed under both codes since joining Gordon Elliott. Runner-up up to the useful Espoir D'Allen at Down Royal, and didn't enjoy a clear run when finishing strongly over 1m4f at Dundalk. Seems versatile ground wise.

HorseTrackerEjayteekay (GB)

coloursVersatile in terms of trip and going when winning four times on the Flat for Hughie Morrison and switched to hurdles since joining current connections this winter. Denied a clear run when keeping on well on handicap debut at Punchestown and should be winning soon off her lowly mark.

HorseTrackerBanksoftheshannon (GB)

coloursSeemed to appreciate better ground and a step up in trip when beating all bar Sparky Stowaway in a 26-runner handicap hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting. Didn't enjoy the clearest of runs and also made a mistake at the last but kept on well in the closing stages. Should be suited by at least 2m4f.

HorseTrackerNoivo (IRE)

coloursProgressed nicely from debut and appreciated step up in trip when beating all bar the useful Theobald. Should have little difficulty winning a maiden at Dundalk over the winter.

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.

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