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.
STAR FOCUS ATR Tracker
(Hamilton, 27 May)
Launching her juvenile campaign over six furlongs, Star Focus looks one for nurseries later in the season. In the interim, however, a maiden success may not prove beyond her judged on this third to Satin Chic and London Protocol. Slightly cramped for room at the furlong marker, Star Focus wasn't beaten far and should learn plenty from this experience.
SUFFUSED ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 29 May)
Roger Charlton's three-year-old filly, having only her third run, split a useful pair in Space Age and Peterhof in this 1m 2f handicap. Knuckling down well to her task, Suffused got to within a neck of the winner and this is solid form.
KICKBOXER ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 30 May)
Kickboxer thrived on the back of busy campaigns in his first two seasons for Mick Channon and he has lost none of his enthusiasm now racing for new handler Saeed Bin Suroor. Having only his second start for the boys in blue, Kickboxer just lacked a finishing kick in this competitive six-furlong contest won by Mukhmal. The gelding is probably more effective with some juice in the ground.
VIVE MA FILLE ATR Tracker
(Chester, 30 May)
Mark Johnston's three-year-old middle-distance horses are often money-spinners as the season progresses and Vive Ma Fille almost rewarded her backers in this Class 4 handicap. The filly only lost out on the nod to Searching and this scopey sort should stay a bit further than 1m 4f in due course.
SHALAA ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 30 May)
Racing comfortably up the stands' rail, Shalaa asserted in the final furlong to beat Fang with some ease. John Gosden's colt had proved clueless on his debut a fortnight earlier at Newbury (well backed) but knew more about the game this time. The Al Shaqab Racing operation have a nice juvenile on their hands.
PULCINELLA ATR Tracker
(York, 30 May)
A winner over seven furlongs, Pulcinella was held up tackling this extended 1m 2f trip. Travelling strongly, Charlie Appleby's Dubawi filly was caught a few lengths out of her ground as gutsy winner Covert Love wasn't stopping up front. Perhaps Pulcinella didn't quite get home in third, although her classy dam Petrushka stayed 12f in top company. It will be interesting to see where connections go next.
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