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.
COME ON DAVE ATR Tracker
(Chester, 6 May)
Gunned out of the gate by Cathy Gannon, Come On Dave set a blistering gallop which had his rivals on the rack turning for home. However, his stride shortened dramatically hitting the furlong marker and the six-year-old faded into fourth. The downhill Epsom Dash would seem an obvious target.
NAVIGATE ATR Tracker
(Chester, 7 May)
Having only his sixth career start, Navigate fairly ate up the ground to collar warm favourite Northgate Lad. A winner of his maiden at Windsor last October on similarly easy ground, Navigate is a steadily-improving three-year-old.
NEW YEAR'S NIGHT ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 9 May)
Young Kevin Stott has struck up a fine relationship with Charlie Appleby's gelding, but he set his mount a very tough task. New Year's Night was positioned well off the pace turning for home but, despite meeting interference, finished with such a rattle that he would have caught idling Penhill in another couple of strides. All nine previous starts had come on synthetic surfaces, so this terrific effort on turf opens up all sorts of avenues for New Year's Night.
POOL HOUSE ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 9 May)
Rather lost his way since racking up a hat-trick of wins in the winter of 2014. Consequently, Andrew Balding's four-year-old has dropped to an attractive mark (83) and there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned from his third to Beach Bar and Baltic Brave in this Class 4 handicap. Pool House would have finished even closer if he had found some room down on the rail throughout the final furlong.
LINCOLN ATR Tracker
(Ascot, 9 May)
Often compromised his chances in the past by running too freely, but Mick Channon's four-year-old has been ridden with more restraint in his last couple of outings. Well adrift early, Lincoln needed to carve a troubled passage through a ruck of runners before delivering his challenge, but winner Speculative Bid had flown. Lincoln has scored over Doncaster's seven furlongs and clearly goes well on a straight track. No doubt he'll be returning to Ascot for a tilt at major handicaps such as the Royal Hunt Cup, Betfair International Stakes and Balmoral Handicap on British Champions Day.
PEACE PRIZE ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 11 May)
Hugo Palmer's lightly-raced three-year-old filly won on her handicap debut from Yorkidding at Nottingham (soft) in April but slick underfoot conditions were totally different here. Although Peace Prize proved no match for highly impressive Life Less Ordinary, edging left under pressure in fourth, this looked a strong Class 5 affair and she will be worth a second look when resuming her fledgling career back on easier ground.
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