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.
MR GALLIVANTER ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 30th April)
John Quinn's three-year-old boasts form figures of 41322 from five career starts and lost little in defeat as he failed to reel in Latenightrequest with the rest strung out at wide intervals. Stayed this stiff 10f trip stoutly.
NABATEAN ATR Tracker
(Chepstow, 2nd May)
Finished last of 10 at Newbury on his sole two-year-old start but stepped up considerably over this 10f trip on soft ground. Andrew Balding's gelding travelled like the winner down the straight but was ultimately beaten a neck by Melrose Abbey. Nabatean should pick up a small race on this evidence.
ABSOLUTELY SO ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 3rd May)
Another Andrew Balding inmate and well worth close scrutiny in decent handicaps this summer. A three-times winner over sprint distances, and only once out of the frame in eight starts, Absolutely So relished this new seven-furlong test, powering clear of Jack's Revenge. A mile doesn't look beyond this improving colt.
LINCE SUERTUDO ATR Tracker
(Thirsk, 3rd May)
Looks capable of picking up a northern handicap for Tony Coyle as the three-year-old worked his way through the field into third, behind Royal Temptress and Dutch Breeze. The runner-up may not have run to his official mark of 83, but this was still an encouraging effort from Lince Suertudo, an unconsidered 28-1 chance.
SPRING FLING ATR Tracker
(Salisbury, 4th May)
Having her third run in this six-furlong maiden, Spring Fling pulled clear of the pack along with narrow winner Lightning Moon. Henry Candy's filly was popular in the betting ring and her career can continue on an upwards curve.
DAY OF THE EAGLE ATR Tracker
(Beverley, 5th May)
This seven-furlong handicap cut up rough behind clear-cut winner Real Tigress and Day Of The Eagle took some hefty bumps down on the rail. Mick Easterby's eight-year-old won off this mark (69) at Newcastle last summer and his turn is at hand.
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