WELCOME to our Eyecatchers column. Every week 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.
BONDI BEACH BOY ATR Tracker
(Carlisle, 25 June)
Kept embarrassing the handicapper last year by winning no less than seven times, his spree kicking off at Catterick from a basement mark of 45. The assessor eventually anchored him but Bondi Beach Boy has returned to a more tractable rating. The five-year-old scorched off like a scalded cat but only folded into fourth inside the final furlong as the hold-up merchants swooped.
BATTERSEA ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 27 June)
Roger Varian's three-year-old colt was having only his fourth career start in this 1m 5f handicap and a mark of 76 is eminently workable judged on his second to Maid In Rio. The winner is a typical Mark Johnston improver and there was a yawning gap back to Curbyourenthusiasm.
RIGHT OF APPEAL ATR Tracker
(Chester, 28 June)
A dual Polytrack winner, Right Of Appeal showed his versatility in chasing home well treated English Summer after cutting out most of the donkey work. The rest of the field was strung out all over the Roodee and Mark Johnston's son of Dubawi can keep on progressing this summer.
AMAZE ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 28 June)
Local trainer Brian Ellison was celebrating his birthday on Plate day and heavily-backed Amaze would have been the icing on the cake. He was widely 'expected' having dropped to an attractive mark, with Oisin Murphy taking off 3lb and a handy rails draw thrown in for good measure. It all proved too good to be true, however, as hard-as-nails winner San Cassiano is a difficult horse to pass when let loose on the lead. The ground was probably on the firm side for Amaze and he is surely a winner-in-waiting on a slightly easier surface around 10 furlongs.
MUTHMIR ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 28 June)
William Haggas has been in no hurry with his four-year-old gelding and Muthmir went to post for only the fifth time in this competitive six-furlong handicap. Despite pulling fairly hard early, Muthmir was able to throw down a strong challenge inside the final furlong, eventually giving best to Tatlisu after a good tussle. There is more to come from the runner-up.
SEAGULL ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 28 June)
Despite finding Melrose Abbey too strong in the 1m 4f handicap, Seagull can still win a nice pot this summer. Her chance may have been scuppered when the heavens opened and John Gosden's filly probably raced on the slower part of the track, away from the favoured stands' side. Seagull won her maiden decisively at HQ in May on fast ground and she can score again when encountering similar underfoot conditions.
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