Followers of the column were rewarded last week when Triolo D’alene (8-1), Modest (11-2), Baoulet Delaroque (15-8) plus Otago Trail (6-5) all scored and form expert Alan Thomson has shortlisted six more promising performers from the past seven days.

  • Tuesday 12 January
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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.

(Chelmsford, 6 January)
Chris Dwyer’s five-year-old accelerated up the weights following her Southwell success in August, but she looks feasibly treated again on the evidence of this sterling effort behind Bosham. Saved My Bacon missed a beat at the gate and was struggling in arrears early. Stoked up by Silvestre De Sousa off the home bend, she was cutting into the winner’s advantage all the way to the line.

(Chelmsford, 6 January)
This looked a fair fillies’ maiden, with winning debutante Nezwaah a heavily supported odds-on shot. Rahyah, having her third run, led over a furlong out but couldn’t produce an extra gear when challenged by the impressive winner. She is by no means one of William Haggas’s stable stars but looks capable of holding her own in handicap company. Third horse home, Capricious Cantor, is bred to appreciate far longer trips than this inadequate one-mile test and is worth jotting down.

(Wolverhampton, 8 January)
Versatile performer and David Dennis’s Huntingdon winner beat all bar Zakatal in this 1m 6f Class 5 handicap. Lucky Jim doesn’t do anything quickly but a resolute attitude may see him pick up another all-weather prize to supplement last season’s Wolverhampton success when trained by Chris Wall.

(Kempton, 9 January)
The versatile David Dennis has some nice National Hunt horses in the yard and Seven Kingdoms looks an exciting young prospect. Making his British debut in what may have been a fairly uncompetitive juvenile hurdle, Seven Kingdoms made mincemeat of hot favourite Golden Gate Bridge, sauntering to the front two out and steadily pulling 17 lengths clear at the line. This son of Yeats can progress to better things.

(Kempton, 9 January)
Valiant in defeat as he attempted to concede two stones to William Hill Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle winner Yala Enki, only weakening into fourth from the last flight. Philip Hobbs may find it difficult placing the grey to full advantage given his high rating but Brother TedD is a most progressive seven-year-old. Perhaps significantly, Brother Ted has done virtually all his racing going right-handed.

(Wolverhampton, 11 January)
Lady Gemini often blazes a trail but she proved no match for the quicksilver winner, No Rights, who led throughout. Lady Gemini, an all-the-way scorer over Bath’s extended five furlongs in September,  did her level best to make a race of it down the straight and the front two finished nicely clear, clocking a very respectable time. Jo Hughes will be hoping Lady Gemini is getting back to something like the form which saw her split Flaming Spear and Polarisation in a York maiden as a juvenile.

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