Eyecatchers (3 February)

Previous eyecatchers First Rebellion (9-2), Spiritual Star (9-2), Toto Skyllachy (7-2), Thanksgiving Day (11-4), Middle England (4-5) plus Stonecutter (8-11) all collected last week and Alan Thomson has highlighted six more taking performances.

  • Tuesday 03 February
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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.

(Chelmsford City, 28 January)
Paid the price for landing back-to-back races in October with a sharp hike in his handicap rating, but this lofty mark of 95 may still be within his compass. The five-year-old arrived late on the scene, grabbing third behind Trojan Rocket and strong-travelling Basil Berry in a fairly competitive affair and experimenting with an apprentice to help ease Steelriver's plight might be worth a shout.

(Wolverhampton, 30 January)
Recorded his sole career success for Kevin Ryan in a Thirsk nursery back in September 2012 but the five-year-old emerged from the wilderness by running 81-rated Monsieur Chevalier to under a length in this extended nine-furlong claimer. Greeleys Love had previously finished tailed off over two miles, so this was clearly a more suitable distance. Not one to trust implicitly on past performances but a mark of 64 warrants attention.

(Wolverhampton, 30 January)
Settled nicely off the pace by Robert Tart, the well-backed gelding burst clear between two rivals at the furlong pole to score by five lengths. His turn of foot is a potent weapon at this lowly level.

(Sandown, 31 January)
His hat-trick bid was thwarted by Aigle De La See but Monbeg Theatre looked home for all money before fluffing the last and running out of gas on the climb to the line. Jamie Snowden's six-year-old carried a big weight (11st 11lb) on testing ground and remains a horse of significant promise.

(Musselburgh, 1 February)
A grand servant for Brian Ellison (runner-up in the 2011 Coral Cup) and has dropped to an attractive mark. Bothy was well touted for this three-mile handicap hurdle won by Dawalan but he appeared a bit leg-weary in fifth. Remains of interest when his sights are lowered, possibly on softer ground over a slightly shorter trip.

(Wolverhampton, 2 February)
This strapping stayer is going from strength-to-strength following a switch to synthetics, and the six-year-old did exceptionally well to land this Class 2 handicap after taking a fierce tug for much of the two-mile journey. There appears scope for even more improvement in the weeks ahead.

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Eyecatchers (3 February)
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