Previous Eyecatchers to win were La Fritillaire (14-1), Mengli Khan (7-1), Hibou (11-2), Life Less Ordinary (4-1), City Of Joy (4-7) and Peter The Mayo Man (4-9) and form expert Alan Thomson has six more horse for your ATR Tracker here.

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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.


(Kempton, 28 September)

Travelled like a dream just off the pace and Kevin Frost’s seven-furlong specialist always had the race in safekeeping once sent for home by Luke Morris. Hardy Black probably struck the front a bit too soon as he was coming to the end of his tether passing the winning post but looks capable of defying another small rise in his all-weather mark.

The five-year-old was nudged up a few pounds for scoring at Wolverhampton in July but, following a couple of placed efforts at Newcastle and Wolverhampton in August, is clearly on good terms with himself.

(Nottingham, 28 September)

Showed bits and pieces of form across the English Channel but is settling in well at Alistair Whillans’ Borders yard. Royal Shaheen shaped with some promise 18 days earlier at Chester when seventh to Haley Bop and he improved again here, filling third spot behind impressive Tomahawk Kid.

Paul Mulrennan was a bit short of room briefly over a furlong out and Royal Shaheen was beaten just over three lengths in the end.

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(Hexham, 30 September)

Back from a 170-day break, Double W’s was sent off favourite in this 2m 4f handicap but was quite readily outpaced by Australasia. Malcolm Jefferson’s six-year-old picked up his novice hurdle at Haydock in March, making up for a desperately unlucky run at Catterick when hampered and brought to a virtual standstill before engaging overdrive to finish second. Double W’s is usually kept to decent ground and his turn is at hand.

(Wolverhampton, 1 October)

Although only fourth behind Mukaabra in this extended mile handicap, City Chic didn’t help her cause by taking a strong grip following a sluggish break. Charlie Appleby’s filly was doing her best work at the finish and with only four career starts (had almost a full year on the sidelines) she is worth persevering with on the all-weather.

(Newmarket, 1 October)

Brian Meehan’s imposing filly has been steadily progressive through the summer months and her aggressive style of racing had the majority of her rivals in trouble some way from home. Malmoosa was eventually collared by Sharja Queen in this 10f handicap and she can add to her earlier Lingfield success.

(Pontefract, 3 October)

Charlie Fellowes delivered an upbeat bulletin beforehand and Kullu delivered in some style. Despite a shoddy start, Kullu was able to boss the field when pushed up from her wide pitch and proceeded to repel all boarders. Kullu had shown promise on her Ffos Las debut and the way she was stretching out at the line, will stay further than this mile trip.

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