Koeman (20-1) was a big-priced scorer for the column last week along with Aimez La Vie (9-1) and form expert Alan Thomson has pinpointed six horses from the past seven days that are primed to strike.

  • Tuesday 03 October
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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.


(Chelmsford City, 28 September)

David O’Meara ran two in this 5f Class 4 sprint and the market got it right when favourite Alsvinder edged out Rock Of America, with the pair drawing well clear.

This was Rock Of America’s first run since a gelding operation and it shouldn’t take him too long to add to his all-weather debut success at Newcastle back in March.

(Newmarket, 28 September)

Backed off the boards on his debut at Doncaster 13 days previously but couldn’t bring home the money.

Those backers who kept faith with Charlie Appleby’s colt were rewarded with easy pickings as Ghaiyyath powered five lengths clear.

This didn’t look a strong maiden but the manner of his success suggests resolute galloper Ghaiyyath will make his mark in handicaps further down the line.

(Newcastle, 29 September)

Sir Mark Prescott’s three-year-old has been knocking at the door and everything fell into place for Pioneertown in this 1m 4f handicap.

Luke Morris moved him into contention very smoothly before hitting the front over a furlong out. The gelding readily came clear of La Vie En Rose and this was fairly quick compensation for his head defeat at the hands of Therthaar at Kempton three weeks earlier.

Pioneertown could be a force to be reckoned with on the all-weather in the weeks ahead.

(Newmarket, 29 September)

Won both her first two starts and Roger Charlton’s filly may have been a tad unlucky not to complete her hat-trick in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes.

While winner Juliet Capulet and Nyaleti were serving it up to each other, Jim Crowley was searching desperately for some daylight behind a wall of horses.

Gavota finished best of all into third and this keen-going sort can surely pick up a fillies’ Group race in the future.

(Newmarket, 29 September)

Looks a slow-burner for Sir Michael Stoute on the evidence of the colt’s fifth to Thrave in this 7f maiden.

Hamdan Al Maktoum’s juvenile was sent off an unfancied 28-1 shot and showed his inexperience when rolling around in the Dip before staying on in the final 100 yards.

There appears to be some latent talent to be excavated as his career progresses.

(Newmarket, 29 September)

The Silver Cambridgeshire looked a hot handicap on paper and it didn’t disappoint as the three main protagonists fought out a thrilling finish.

James Doyle squeezed through over a furlong out, edging left to join winner Addeybb and Afaak racing up the stands’ rail, but he had to settle for third.

Fire Brigade, a winner on soft ground at Haydock in August, also enjoyed the easy surface at Ascot when just denied by Cape Byron and Michael Bell has a progressive sort to campaign in decent handicaps.

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