Previous eyecatchers to boost the betting bank were Dance King (16-1), Whataknight (12-1), Normandy Barriere (4-1), Tabarrak (3-1), Starchitect (11-4) and Elusivity (7-4) and Alan Thomson has six more Eyecatchers.

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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.


(Chester, 5 May)

Returned to the fray in good form at Doncaster, being denied on the line by Hit The Jackpot, and was fancied to go one better on the Roodee. Things didn't pan out for Andrea Atzeni as his mount was shuffled back in the scramble to the first bend in a race dominated by those featuring prominently.

American Artist was eventually switched for room in the straight and finished well into fifth behind useful winner Dark Red. A three-time winner last season, American Artist will be found another opening by Roger Varian.

(Ascot, 6 May)

Nicely backed on her debut, Skiffle never gave her supporters any chance of collecting after blowing the start in this 1m 2f fillies' maiden.

William Buick proceeded to give Skiffle a tender introduction, coaxing his mount into third place from a wide position. Impressive recruit Abingdon and runner-up Ajman Princess both look useful and winners will come out of this contest.

(Ascot, 7 May)

Up 9lb after spread-eagling his field on soft ground at Newmarket's Craven fixture, Accession found the ground a bit too lively in the totescoop6 Victoria Cup.

Charlie Fellowes' gelding finished in the ruck behind Flash Fire but did enough to suggest he remains in top form. All Accession needs to become competitive again is a bit of cut underfoot.

(Ascot, 7 May)

Sent off a well-backed 6-1 favourite for the Victoria Cup on the back of his commanding Haydock win over Withernsea but never threatened to trouble the principals, eventually running through tiring horses into 12th spot, not beaten far.

Predominance was having only his sixth career start and he found things happening a little too quickly on this faster surface. William Haggas will be plotting up another tilt at a big handicap this summer and Predominance remains on a feasible mark.

(Nottingham, 7 May)

Ran well in Dubai in January, finishing close behind speedballs Jungle Cat and Ertijaal, respectively, and this fillies' and mares' Listed event looked the perfect platform from which to launch her UK campaign.

All was effectively lost at the start, however, as Divine half-reared, forfeiting several lengths to some very sharp types. Mick Channon's five-year-old wasn't beaten far in the end (seventh) and she retains plenty of ability.

(Lingfield, 7 May)

Mark Johnston's juvenile proved clueless on his debut at Windsor but was an entirely different proposition here.

Poet's Society's overall speed soon had Richard Hannon's hot favourite Kreb's Cycle in trouble but the Middleham colt was himself run down by Ed Dunlop's well-backed newcomer Tibr. This might have been a hot little contest.

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