Eyecatchers

Zac Brown (12-1), Ajman King (9-4), Lancelot Du Lac (15-8), Proschema (4-6) plus Black Sails (2-7) were previous Eyecatchers to do the business last week and form expert Alan Thomson has shortlisted six horses to follow from the past seven days.

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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.

JOHN GOSDEN CAN EXPLOIT FIRST ELEVEN'S MARK OF 77

MORTICIA
(April 25, Catterick)

Keith Dalgleish’s three-year-old found her stride with some purpose, closing into fourth spot having been outpaced on her racecourse debut.

The ‘right’ horses finished in front of Morticia, with the William Haggas-trained Talaaqy mugging Angels on the line, just ahead of well-backed favourite Effervescence.

Morticia, a daughter of Dandy Man, stayed this 7f trip stoutly.

RAPID APPLAUSE
(Beverley, 26 April)

Ex-Irish gelding was campaigned by previous connections at mostly 6/7 furlongs but new trainer Mick Easterby wasted no time dropping Rapid Applause to the minimum trip.

Nathan Evans kept a cool head when his route through the pack was blocked on a couple of occasions and Rapid Applause fairly dashed clear when extricated from his pocket.

He’ll win again in this sort of form.

KNIGHTLY SPIRIT
(Doncaster 27 April)

Knightly Spirit was well-supported to reverse places with Ship Of The Fen on their run behind Showroom at Goodwood last September but again came off second-best.

It looked as if favourite backers were going to collect when Knightly Spirit delivered his challenge wide two out but Roger Varian’s colt still looked a bit raw as he found himself somewhat isolated.

He saw out this 1m 2f trip well and should stay 12 furlongs with no problem.

INTENSE STYLE
(Doncaster, 28 April)

Les Eyre’s gelding goes well for 7lb apprentice Faye McManoman and almost added to their Beverley success last September off the same mark (77) with a close-up third to Jumira Prince and My Amigo.

Intense Style is at his best on testing ground and a mile seems to be his trip these days.

FIRST ELEVEN
(Salisbury, 29 April)

Only four runners went to post for this 1m 2f handicap and it developed into a tactical masterpiece from Silvestre De Sousa on front-running Westbrook Bertie.

The one to take out of the race should be John Gosden’s First Eleven, as this strapping son of Frankel found himself tightened up at a crucial stage and had to be switched wide before running on into second spot.

This was only his fourth career start and a mark of 77 should be exploited before too long.

IMAGINATIVE
(Windsor, 30, April)

Roger Charlton introduced a very smart sort in well-backed favourite Aspetar in this 1m 2f maiden but third-placed Imaginative looks one for handicaps this season.

This was his second run in seven days at Windsor and on both occasions the son of Camelot was held up well off the pace before making late headway under considerate rides.

Imaginative now qualifies for a handicap mark and Roger Varian’s colt shouldn’t be overburdened by the assessor.

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