Eyecatchers (2 January)

Previous Eyecatchers were responsible for no fewer than 15 individual winners over the festive period including Copperwood (16-1), Goodlukin Lucy (12-1) plus Three Kingdoms (7-2) and Alan has ten taking performances to add to your ATR Tracker.

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WELCOME to our Eyecatchers column. Every week Alan Thomson will be pinpointing horses primed to strike in the next few weeks, if not days. Remember, you can add Alan's weekly updates to your ATR Tracker.

(Newbury, 18th December)
Stamina appears the strong suit of Hughie Morrison's young hurdler as he battled on tenaciously to repel penalised Tistory in this 2m 3f hurdle. Previously a bumper winner at Towcester, Brother Brian has had only five starts and is open to more development as his career progresses.

(Lingfield, 21st December)
Having his first start for Daniel Kubler (previously with Richard Hannon), Crius ran a race full of promise, closing into fifth place in this Ladbroke Conditions Stakes over a mile. Winner Alfred Hutchinson has gone in again at a decent level and as this was Crius' first run since July when fourth to Mont Ras at Haydock, he should progress.

(Ascot, 21st December)
Seemed to get bogged down in the Ascot mud when only seventh behind Willow's Saviour in the Ladbroke Hurdle, drifting over to the far rail under pressure. The five-year-old will be of interest back on better ground, with his high cruising speed a natural advantage on a flat, galloping track.

(Ascot, 21st December)
Ran in the same race as Pine Creek but decanted Tom Scudamore when hampered three out. Seemed to be going perfectly well at the time and although up 8lb for his Greatwood Hurdle triumph at Cheltenham in November (Pine Creek back in sixth after mistakes on the downhill run), David Pipe's recruit should remain competitive.

(Limerick, 27th December)
Christy Roche and JP McManus have enjoyed plenty of success in the past and they may have unearthed another gem in this five-year-old gelding. Produced in great nick for his first start in 100 days, Indian File hammered The Mighty Milan with a powerful frontrunning display. This was only his fourth start and Indian File looks one for the future.

(Lingfield, 28th December)
Derek Shaw has his string in top form and Loyalty might have added to his tally with a clearer passage behind enterprisingly ridden Galician. Apprentice Adam McLean has struck up a fine partnership with Loyalty and there was plenty of horse under him when hemmed in on the fence at a vital stage turning for home. Loyalty has run well at Kempton in the past, so there are options available to connections.

(Catterick, 28th December)
Ran right away with this novice handicap chase and his jumping was a joy to behold. A winner over hurdles at Kelso on much faster ground, Croco Bay is clearly versatile.

(Lingfield, 28th December)
Not for the first time (or probably the last), Prince Of Burma ruined his chance with a slovenly start in this modest seven-furlong handicap. The five-year-old ran on into fifth behind Perfect Haven, being denied room as the field bunched up off the bend. Prince of Burma was a course and distance winner in November off a 3lb lower mark and this frustrating sort could well pop up again this winter.

(Chepstow, 28th December)
Running in the colours made popular by Puffin Billy, Oliver Sherwood's Deputy Dan fairly sluiced through the heavy ground to score with tons in hand. Although this looked a straightforward assignment on paper, the manner of his success left little room for doubt that the six-year-old is a useful tool.

(Lingfield, 30th December)
Kevin Ryan's three-year-old returned in this six-furlong nursery after a three-month break and raced keenly throughout. The Elite Racing Club representative looked the winner when striking the front over a furlong out, only to be collared by Thataboy. Pacy Seachlight will probably strip even fitter next time.

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