Eyecatchers (11 February)

Previous Eyecatcher Cabuchon (6-4) scored last week and form expert Alan Thomson has six more promising performances from the past seven days - including four Cheltenham Festival candidates - to add to your ATR Tracker.

  • Tuesday 11 February
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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.

(Lingfield, 5th February)
Hacked up by seven lengths in a Lingfield maiden last July for Roger Charlton and is gradually re-finding his form for Jim Boyle. The four-year-old was sent off a 20-1 poke for this Class 5 handicap and wasn't knocked about in fourth behind winner Club House. Looking nicely handicapped.

(Wolverhampton, 8th February)
Was no match for well-treated John Potts but wasn't disgraced in second having met some trouble in running under an inexperienced lady rider. Super Duplex scored off a similar mark at Lingfield last summer and Roger Teal can find him a small race.

(Newbury, 8th February)
Ran a stormer in the Betfair Hurdle, finding himself a bit bogged down in the Newbury mud, and will be of interest at the Cheltenham Festival. Impressive winner of the 2011 Champion Bumper on a much sounder surface, Philip Hobbs has got Cheltenian back in A1 condition after his lengthy lay-off.

(Newbury, 8th February)
Finished a close-up fifth in the Betfair Hurdle, having claimed third spot the previous year. David Pipe's lightly campaigned mare remains progressive and is another for the Cheltenham shortlist.

(Newbury, 8th February)
Went down to Smad Place with all guns blazing and looks an ideal type for the four-mile National Hunt Chase. The seven-year-old has a good Cheltenham record (114F0331) and retains much of the ability he showed when finishing fourth (sent off favourite) in the 2011 Triumph Hurdle.

(Leopardstown, 9th February)
Plenty of speed in his Flat pedigree (Dansili out of a Sadler's Wells mare) and cruised to victory in what looked a rock-solid bumper. Vigil could prove the best of a strong Dermot Weld team and paid a handsome compliment to his Fairyhouse New Year's Day conqueror Cillian's Return. Vigil clearly benefited from that debut effort and could be even better on a sounder surface.

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Eyecatchers (11 February)
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