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 (14/1, Curragh 28th Jun), All The Answers (11/4Fav, Galway 4th Aug), Basic Law (6/1, Curragh 29th Jun), Blue De Vega (6/1, Chelmsford City 16th Aug), Fridtjof Nansen (16/10, Curragh 23rd Aug), Goddess (4/1CFav, Curragh 30th Aug), Hasanabad (6/1, Galway 2nd Aug), Heliac (11/8Fav, Roscommon 8th Jul), Il Paradiso (11/10Fav, Curragh 21st Jul), Innisfree (4/9Fav, Galway 29th Jul), Latrobe (9/10Fav, Leopardstown 8th Aug), Magical (11/10Fav, Leopardstown 14th Sep), Minnie Haha (4/1, Gowran Park 27th Jul), Mr Smith (4/9Fav, Roscommon 6th Aug), Romantic Proposal (11/2, Cork 1st Sep), Ruby Gates (5/1, Wolverhampton 31st Aug), Southern France (5/2Fav, Curragh 16th Aug), The Granson (7/1, Tramore 15th Aug), Trethias (11/2, Naas 26th Jun), Winner Takes Itall (8/11Fav, Listowel 14th Sep),

HorseTrackerEven So (IRE)

Never involved on debut from a wide draw in Tipperary but certainly caught the eye when staying on really well inside the final furlong. Looks sure to progress from this promising start, and should stay further.

HorseTrackerEnnistymon (IRE)

By Galileo out of the Listed race winning dam Lahinch, who has already produced six winners including Group 3 scorer The Bogberry. Ran much better than her finishing position would suggest when denied a clear run for most of the closing quarter mile on debut at the Curragh. Likely to progress with racing, and should stay a mile plus in time.

HorseTrackerRoyal Highness (IRE)

Unfancied on debut at Tipperary and never threatened after a tardy start but kept on nicely in the straight to beat all bar Memyselfandmoi. Should benefit from this initial experience.

HorseTrackerGeneral Counsel (IRE)

The 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)

Plenty 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)

Unconsidered 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.