Eyecatchers

Past Eyecatchers Mister Universe (6-1), Heezararity (6-1), Two Jabs (9-2), Captain Revelation (7-2) plus Torreon (11-8) all hit the target last week and form expert Alan Thomson has identified six more Eyecatchers from the past seven days.

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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.

KIM BAILEY'S SILVER KAYF MAY HAVE SLIPPED UNDER THE RADAR IN NEWBURY BUMPER

ABAREEQ ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 1 March)

Mark Johnston will be marshalling his three-year-old battalions at Middleham in preparation for the upcoming turf campaign but Abareeq popped his head over the Polytrack parapet to make an encouraging debut.

Although quite comfortably outpointed by warm favourite Easter Mate, Hamdan Al Maktoum’s colt wasn’t disgraced behind the 80-rated winner and will have learned from the experience.

BEAUTIFUL STRANGER ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 2 March)

Off the track since early June, Beautiful Stranger looked fit enough to do himself justice in this extended mile handicap won by Jack Of Diamonds.

Tucked in from the break, Beautiful Stranger made a menacing move around the top bend and stayed on into third, beaten under a length.

Hopefully, Keith Dalgleish will be able to make up for lost time with his consistent five-year-old and this comeback effort offered plenty of encouragement.

ABE LINCOLN ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 5 March)

Finished 10th of the 11 runners in a messy Listed contest and this was a painful experience for his many backers.

Abe Lincoln, the 11-4 favourite, travelled comfortably on the heels of the leaders but Jim Crowley made the fateful decision to switch inside off the home bend, immediately running up a cul-de-sac.

Heavily eased, Abe Lincoln finished behind a wall of horses and looks well up to defying his 95 handicap rating.

UNFORGIVING MINUTE ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 5 March)

Having his first start for Gary Moore after two tame efforts in Dubai in January, Unforgiving Minute served notice that he’ll be winning again soon on the domestic all-weather scene by chasing home Mister Universe.

The winner took full advantage of being handed a pretty soft lead, with Unforgiving Minute also aided by racing handily.

Unforgiving Minute won four times at Kempton for Clive Cox, his best victory racing off a 94 rating, so his mark of 90 here gives Moore a little bit of elbow room.

SILVER KAYF ATR Tracker
(Newbury, 5 March)

All eyes were drawn to a marvellous ding-dong battle throughout the final furlong between Sam’s Adventure and the penalised Bags Groove, so Kim Bailey’s newcomer Silver Kayf might have slipped under the radar back in fifth.

This was a hot bumper, with third horse Sir Antony Browne having shown a smart turn of foot to win on his debut at Kempton. Silver Kayf, a four-year-old gelding, wasn’t given a hard time by Tom Scudamore and made steady headway behind the principals, beaten only eight lengths.

CHOOKIE VALENTINE ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 7 March)

Only sixth behind winning newcomer Pivotal Flame in this extended nine-furlong maiden and is still learning his trade.

Chookie Valentine made no show in a Redcar maiden in late October but the three-year-old will be worth a look when sent handicapping up north from a modest mark later in the season.

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