Eyecatchers

Last week the column yielded 14 winners including Oasis Fantasy (7-1), Rideonastar (6-1), Mr Bossy Boots (6-1), No Comment (7-2), Carrington (3-1), Evanescent (5-2), Red Cardinal (5-2), Saved My Bacon (2-1) and Alan Thomson has six more Eyecatchers.

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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.

BEVERLEY BULLET TO FIRE WHEN REUNITED WITH REGULAR RIDER

MAWAANY ATR Tracker
(Bath 26, April)

Third run in maidens for Sir Michael Stoute and Mawaany’s best display to date.

Settled into midfield after a sloppy break, Mawaany didn’t find his full stride until inside the final furlong.

The grey was cutting into Red Cardinal’s advantage near the line, going down by a neck, and will stay further than this extended 1m 3f trip.

He will be worthy of close inspection in handicaps.

ARTHENUS ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 30 April)

Finished on a high last season, clocking up a hat-trick of victories for James Fanshawe, and it shouldn’t be too long before Arthenus is back in the winning groove.

His mark has risen to 100 but that doesn’t look excessive judged on his first outing in 203 days when sixth to Knight Owl in this nine-furlong handicap.

Freddie Tylicki always had the four-year-old racing quite handily but found himself a bit short of elbow room due to general bunching a furlong out.

Arthenus was beaten a couple of lengths and with all his wins coming on good to soft, Fanshawe is unlikely to risk him on slick summer ground.

MAGIC CIRCLE ATR Tracker
(Salisbury, 1 May)

Ralph Beckett’s four-year-old almost picked up where he left off last year, Rideonastar denying him four straight wins.

The winner slipped his field under an astute ride but Magic Circle emerged from the pack to claim second place and stayed this 1m 6f trip well enough to open up more options.

All his best form has come with cut in the ground.

EUCHEN GLEN ATR Tracker
(Hamilton, 1 May)

Showed plenty of promise on his only juvenile start, chasing home Speed Company at Ayr in September (66-1), but Euchen Glen still looked a bit raw in his comeback run in this one-mile maiden.

Jim Goldie’s son of Authorized became detached after a sluggish break and Paul Mulrennan seemed in no rush to make up the lost ground.

Euchen Glen beat only one horse home but that doesn’t tell the whole story and he should stay further in due course.

His Ayr conqueror Speed Company ran fourth to Hawkbill in a Listed event at Newmarket (off 96) at the weekend and Euchen Glen needs one more run for a handicap mark.

He looks a horse with a future.

BUNBURY ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 2 May)

The principals in this extended one-mile maiden all raced prominently and Bunbury had little chance after being settled in rear by Shane Kelly.

Bunbury only made his debut as a four-year-old for Richard Hughes in late February (at Kempton) and there were distinct signs of promise in his fourth to Roger Varian’s Choreographer here over 10 furlongs on his second start.

It will be interesting to see what the handicapper makes of this performance, with Bunbury running through beaten horses into fifth.

BEVERLEY BULLET ATR Tracker
(Beverley, 2 May)

Les Eyre’s three-year-old was nicely supported in the market to step up on his course and distance second to Billy Roberts last month but things didn’t go to plan for his young rider in this apprentices’ contest.

Keen-going Beverley Bullet missed a beat at the start then raced wide throughout.

After taking a scenic route of which the Yorkshire Tourist Board would have approved, Beverley Bullet hit the front two out.

Unsurprisingly, his previous exertions took their toll in the closing stages, with Beverley Bullet wilting under pressure.

He didn’t appear to be the ideal conveyance for a rookie and should be a different proposition if reunited with regular jockey Graham Gibbons.

Beverley Bullet had also shown promise last season, running well at Ayr and Pontefract, and is better than this, albeit at a modest level.

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