Eyecatchers

Previous Eyecatchers to hit the target last week were On Her Toes (8-1), Seduce Me (8-1), Sitar (9-2), Get Knotted (4-1), Bint Arcano (4-1), Koeman (4-1), The Daley Express (7-2) plus Another Touch (7-2) and form expert Alan Thomson has six shortlisted Eyecatchers from the King George meeting at Ascot.

  • Tuesday 01 August
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WELCOME to our Eyecatchers column. Every Tuesday form expert Alan Thomson pinpoints horses primed to strike in the next few weeks, if not days. Remember, you can add Alan's weekly updates to your ATR Tracker.

THE QUEEN'S STRATEGIST IS SET TO COME ON A BUNDLE FOLLOWING ASCOT DEBUT

STRATEGIST
(Ascot, 28 July)

Making his debut in the Queen’s silks and should come on a bundle following a considerate ride from Ryan Moore.

Strategist raced just behind the principals but his inexperience was exposed once Charlie Appleby’s favourite Mythical Magic stretched clear.

William Haggas will be in no hurry with this son of Shamardal but there is something to work on.

SAUNTER
(Ascot, 28 July)

A dual winner on good ground at Newmarket and Goodwood last August/September, Saunter hasn’t had a lot of racing this season.

Running in the well-known Michael Watt checks, Saunter didn’t give David Probert much assistance, holding his head at an awkward angle under pressure before staying on into fourth behind Gawdawpalin.

The four-year-old doesn’t look handicapped out of things and better can be expected in the weeks ahead.

PEALER
(Ascot, 29 July)

John Gosden’s three-year-old found only the first-time blinkered Godolphin rival D’bai just too strong after Frankie Dettori had taken Pealer to the front over a furlong out.

Tailed off last in the Investec Derby, Pealer scored on a return trip to Epsom, but this time over a mile, and has the look of a progressive colt at this more suitable distance.

SQUATS
(Ascot, 29 July)

Hasn’t won in three years and surely it’s time the handicapper relented.

Squats has been below his best this season and faded into 17th spot behind shock winner Stamp Hill in the Gigaset International.

However, he showed some of his old sparkle racing up with the front rank down the far side and William Haggas will be hoping the assessor drops Squats a few pounds before much longer.

MOUNT TAHAN
(Ascot, 29 July)

Off the track for almost three months, Mount Tahan will be a bit sharper for his 10th in the Gigaset International after threatening to take a hand over a furlong out.

Kevin Ryan’s five-year-old struck winning form around this time last year and probably has been teed up for a late summer/autumn campaign.

ROYAL ASSOCIATE
(Ascot, 29 July)

Sent favourite backers home happy by landing some nice wagers in the finale.

Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old, a winner on his debut at Doncaster three weeks earlier, travelled strongly and although idling a little when hitting the front, Royal Associate was always in control under William Buick.

There are more middle-distance prizes to be won.

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