Eyecatchers

Previous Eyecatchers to provide an Easter nest egg were Amber Gambler (8-1), Benbatl (4-1), Victory Bond (3-1), Inn The Bull (11-4), Dark Alliance (15-8) plus Tha’ir (8-11) and form expert Alan Thomson has flagged up six Eyecatchers from the past seven days to add to your ATR Tracker.

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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.

MARK JOHNSTON'S ONE SECOND IS ONE TO WATCH AFTER SCORING ON HANDICAP DEBUT

PLAYFULL SPIRIT
(Newcastle, 28 March)

John Gosden’s filly has twice had a rear view of the Charlie Appleby-trained Fountain Of Time, but got a bit closer in this mile novice stakes.

Still green, Playfull Spirit was keen from the gate and had no answer when the winner swept past at the furlong pole.

She should pay her way in ordinary handicaps when maturing through the season.

ONE SECOND
(Wolverhampton, 28 March)

Made a winning handicap debut following three promising starts last season. Joe Fanning always had the filly in a handy slot and One Second quickly put the race to bed after hitting the front over a furlong out, readily holding previous winner Sotomayor.

Mark Johnston is a master trainer of these middle-distance types and One Second has launched her handicap career off a fairly low mark (73).

ZAFARANAH
(Wolverhampton, 29 March)

Having her first run in 133 days, a very fresh Zafaranah seemed more interested in fighting John Fahy than racing but to her credit she knuckled down at the business end to see off in-form Ramblow.

The filly had two runs for Roger Varian before joining Pam Sly and looks the type to do well at this fairly modest level at around a mile.

STANLEY
(Kempton, 31 March)

Returned from a 164-day absence to run thriving Inn The Bull close and Richard Hughes will have him razor-sharp for his next outing.

Stanley travelled notably well under Shane Kelly and looked the most likely winner until Inn The Bull, completing a hat-trick, stuck his neck out to gain the verdict in a tight finish.

Stanley goes well at Kempton, recording form figure 2-1-2 from three visits, and the five-year-old hasn’t many miles on the clock.

VADO FORTE
(Plumpton, 1 April)

Tom Lacey’s purple patch continued unabated in the totepool Sussex Champion Hurdle, a Class 2 handicap, with Vado Forte holding on gamely from previous scorer Mr Antolini.

Quick-thinking Robert Dunne made a race-winning manoeuvre on the home bend, nipping up the inside to poach a two-length lead jumping the penultimate flight.

Vado Forte, only a five-year-old, is making up into a decent handicapper.

FORESEEABLE FUTURE
(Wolverhampton, 2 April)

Produced an excellent performance in splitting Last Page and heavily-backed U S S Missouri, trying to concede 7lb to that pair following his Yarmouth success for James Tate last October.

On this evidence Foreseeable Future has trained on well and has a future in handicaps.

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