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.
PLAYTOTHEWHISTLE ATR Tracker
(Southwell, 3 November)
Has had plenty of racing on the Fibresand so it must have been a shock to his backers when he quickly became totally tailed off in this seven-furlong handicap won by Llewellyn. To his credit, Playtothewhistle responded purposefully to his rider’s frantic urgings to finish second and Bryan Smart’s gelding can add to his two course victories this winter.
BAOULET DELAROQUE ATR Tracker
(Chepstow, 4 November)
Having his first run for Paul Nicholls and he still looks a work in progress. Sam Twiston-Davies made headway turning for home and wasn’t hard on Baoulet Delaroque as the French recruit stayed on steadily into fourth. The four-year-old will benefit from this pleasing introduction and it’s unlikely his sights will be set too high.
THE FRESH PRINCE ATR Tracker
(Aintree, 7 November)
If this had been a beauty contest, statuesque The Fresh Prince would have walked off with first prize but he had to settle for fifth in the bumper. Striding out majestically in front, he finished weakly when coming under pressure but looks a typical Trevor Hemmings chaser for the future. Meantime, The Fresh Prince should strengthen in the months ahead and will have learned plenty for the experience.
ABU KHADRA ATR Tracker
(Doncaster, 7 November)
Rather an ignominious debut as Richard Fahey’s juvenile trailed in last of the eight runners but the son of Oasis Dream showed up well until tiring two out. The heavy ground on Town Moor probably found out Abu Khadra and he is worth a second look if turned out on the all-weather over the winter.
TARA MIST ATR Tracker
(Wincanton, 7 November)
Made to look pedestrian by impressive winner Lily Waugh but Tara Mist plugged on into third on her seasonal debut. A dual novice hurdle winner last season, Henry Daly’s six-year-old possesses the potential to pick up more victories this season.
THE STEWARD ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 9 November)
Although a four-year-old, Sir Mark Prescott’s gelding was having only his seventh start when landing this 1m 3f handicap in first-time cheek-pieces. Given a typical no frills ride from Luke Morris, The Steward moved to the front two out and was kept up to his work after being booted three lengths clear. He is well at home on an artificial surface and remains progressive.
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