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.
INTERCONNECTION ATR Tracker
(Epsom, 2 July)
Re-equipped with blinkers for the first time since winning with the headgear at Newcastle last October, Interconnection ran a bit flat in fifth spot behind Banditry in this 10-furlong handicap. Ed Vaughan's gelding appeared to be slightly intimidated as a couple of rivals edged towards him on the rail and he shouldn't be written off.
HORNSBY ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 2 July)
Having scored 12 days earlier on quick ground at Newmarket, Hornsby may have been inconvenienced by the pre-race downpour as he looked one-paced in third behind Galileo Gold. Charlie Appleby's juvenile remains one to bear in mind.
SHADOW GAME ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 3 July)
Mark Johnston's two-year-old has twice gone close under positive tactics and he only capitulated close home as impressive Haalick and Jayjinski produced strong finishes. Shadow Game is unlikely to remain a maiden for much longer.
MALIMBI ATR Tracker
(Nottingham, 4 July)
After being thrashed 32 and 50 lengths respectively on his first two starts, Malimbi is getting the hang of this game now. Despite veering right a furlong out, Malimbi was well on top at the line, with almost three lengths back to Sir Michael Stoute's Kip. Racing off a basement mark of 51 here, progressive three-year-old Malimbi could well run up a sequence.
SPECIAL VENTURE ATR Tracker
(Carlisle, 4 July)
Tim Easterby's colt likes to bowl along and he went down to in-form Go Dan Go with all guns blazing. The pair locked horns from over a furlong out, gradually drawing clear. Special Venture has run some smashing races in defeat since landing his maiden at Beverley last June and deserves a change of fortune.
NO EDUCATION ATR Tracker
(Ayr, 6 July)
Despite his 33-1 starting price, No Education showed plenty of promise on his Newbury debut in May when finishing fourth to classy King Of Rocks. Jo Hughes's colt split Candelisa and favourite Donjuan Triumphant in this six-furlong maiden and although he holds a Gimcrack entry, the way No Education finished suggests he is already crying out for seven furlongs.
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