Eyecatchers (3 June)

Previous Eyecatcher The Grey Gatsby (16-1) landed the Prix du Jockey Club plus Accession (16-1), Muteela (12-1), Las Verglas Star (8-1), Push Me (6-1), After The Goldrush (5-1), Moidore (9-2) and Clever Cookie (3-1 dh) all scored last week.

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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.

(Bath, 29th May)
Three-year-old colt having his first start for Dennis Coakley in what looked a fairly decent mile maiden. Slowly away, New Identity was allowed plenty of time to find his stride and he duly picked up well from the two-furlong pole to finish third. With a pair of 80-plus horses on his tail, this was a promising introduction.
(Newmarket, 31st May)
Having his first run since September, Richard Fahey's four-year-old gelding dug deep under pressure when hitting the rising ground to get the verdict over Godolphin's Hoodna in this Class 2 six-furlong handicap. Rene Mathis, most consistent last season, clocked the best comparative time of the day and looks an improved performer.
(Haydock, 31st May)
John Gosden's filly scored by a wide margin on her debut at Lingfield in December and was probably too inexperienced to do herself justice in the 1000 Guineas. Dropped to six furlongs for this Listed contest, Betimes was no match for Aelus but found her stride late to snatch second spot. Betimes appears to be going the right way.
(Haydock, 31st May)
Sent off a well-backed 2-1 favourite, Farquhar quickened from last to first in impressive fashion. Peter Chapple-Hyam's three-year-old colt will need to contest something better than this Class 5 handicap in the future, but there seemed plenty left in the tank.
(York, 31st May)
Loyal backers have done their cobblers on this frustrating son of Phoenix Reach and there was more misery here as Rawaki travelled up strongly under Haley Turner only to seemingly shirk the issue as dead-heaters Clever Cookie and Ralston Road swept past. Haley found herself short of room over a furlong out but Rawaki spurned a golden opportunity previously at Hamilton and the handicapper has probably got a vice-like hold on him. Andrew Balding knows the family, so it's a slight surprise he hasn't experimented with some headgear (hood?) by now.
(York, 31st May)
Fancied to follow-up his narrow course and distance victory at the Dante fixture, Streets Of NewYork was given an awful lot to do, having been anchored last for much of the trip. The ex-Irish seven-year-old eventually ran on into mid-pack but Brian Ellison does well with these seemingly exposed middle-distance handicappers and Streets Of NewYork could well pop up again when there is juice in the ground.

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Eyecatchers (3 June)
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