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 — Ashoka (6/5Fav, Aintree 14th Jun), Basic Law (10/11Fav, Leopardstown 6th Jun), Benie Des Dieux (2/5Fav, Punchestown 4th May), Between Hills (4/1, Listowel 2nd Jun), Capital Force (5/1, Ludlow 12th May), Dinons (4/5Fav, Wexford 5th Jun), Ejayteekay (9/2, Ballinrobe 27th May), Encapsulation (11/4Fav, Clonmel 18th Apr), Gardens Of Babylon (5/2, Punchestown 3rd May), Hamariyna (5/1, Leopardstown 12th May), Hasanabad (8/11Fav, Tipperary 25th Apr), Heaney (25/1, Exeter 9th Apr), Heliac (9/10Fav, Cork 22nd May), Il Paradiso (5/6Fav, Leopardstown 12th May), Isotope (7/1, Cork 20th Apr), Jett (7/1, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Lethal Promise (6/1, Cork 10th May), Magical (2/7Fav, Curragh 26th May), Mount Ida (13/8Fav, Wexford 5th Apr), Mr Smith (3/1, Carlisle 11th Jun), Mulligatawny (4/1, Musselburgh 1st Jun), Mutadaffeq (7/1, Cork 11th May), Pack Your Bags (11/2, Tipperary 9th May), Penny Out (5/2, Punchestown 12th Jun), The Holy One (20/13, Fairyhouse 22nd Apr), Up Helly Aa (4/6Fav, Gowran Park 3rd Jun), Wilderness (20/10, Cork 14th Jun),

HorseTrackerEarl Of Bunnacurry (IRE)

coloursProminent throughout when scoring twice on the all-weather last November but blew the start and denied a clear run in the straight last time at Leopardstown. Appears best at around a mile and has dropped down to a competitive mark.

HorseTrackerGeneral Counsel (IRE)

coloursThe Shantou gelding out of a half-sister to the stable's former Cheltenham Bumper winner Joe Cullen showed a good attitude on debut when going down narrowly in an 18-runner Cork bumper. Came clear of the remainder and looks sure to win races.

HorseTrackerShennan (IRE)

coloursPlenty to like about his debut in a 17-runner Cork maiden, coming home strongly as the penny started to drop inside the final furlong. Runners from these quarters usually progress well with 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.

THE IRISH TIMES