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.
SHINGLE ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 1 April)
Off the track for more than five months but was well backed to land this seven-furlong handicap for Ed De Giles. His supporters must have been confident of collecting turning for home but although Shingle hit the front, he had no answer to Ocean Legend's decisive move inside the final furlong. With only seven career starts under his belt, Shingle remains a relatively unexposed four-year-old.
BOGSNOG ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 2 April)
Kirsten Stubbs' five-year-old found only favourite Give Us A Belle too strong in this five-furlong dash but the race was run in a good time. Bogsnog scored here over six furlongs in January, beating subsequent dual scorer Logans Lad, and he clearly handles the Tapeta surface.
TRIBESMAN ATR Tracker
(Musselburgh, 3 April)
Only six runners went post for this two-year-old Conditions event but it was probably a decent contest. Although just outpaced two furlongs out by trailblazing favourite First Bombardment and Mark Johnston's Sixth Sense, newcomer Tribesman really found his stride to put daylight between himself and his rivals close home. Tribesman was pricking his ears at the line, suggesting there was more in the locker, and trainer David Brown feels he is a Royal Ascot horse.
ALGERNON PAZHAM ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 4 April)
Only once out of the frame in 10 outings, Algernon Pazham is developing into a useful staying chaser. Still only six, Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding was still bang in the firing line until a shuddering mistake two out gifted the race to heavily-backed favourite Virak. Algernon Pazham has a bright future.
GEORGE CINQ ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 4 April)
Having his first run in 161 days, George Cinq may have been slightly unfortunate not to make a winning return as his rider dropped his whip in the heat of battle with narrow winner Realize. Michael Bell's five-year-old, a winner at Ascot on quick ground in July, looks destined for another rewarding season.
JOHN CONSTABLE ATR Tracker
(Huntingdon, 6 April)
Rated in the mid-90s for Aidan O'Brien, the four-year-old son of Montjeu has made an encouraging start to his hurdling career for Evan Williams. Not seen since winning at Ludlow in January, John Constable showed a sharp turn of foot to put the race to bed at the final flight. His hurdling technique needs brushing up, but he could make up into quite a smart handicapper.
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