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.
POETIC VERSE ATR Tracker
(Catterick, 8 April)
John Quinn's mare recorded three wins (flat/hurdles) last season and her fourth to Mr Gallivantar was a satisfactory return from a 144-day absence. Poetic Verse was made to look a bit pedestrian when the pace lifted off the bend but she is probably better served by a slightly quicker surface.
LE CHAT D'OR ATR Tracker
(Nottingham, 8 April)
The seven-year-old has been a fine servant for Michael Dods and he will pick up his customary race or two this campaign, probably on his favoured soft ground around a mile. Le Chat D'Or's fifth to Chatez at Doncaster's Lincoln fixture last month showed he had lost none of his ability/enthusiasm and he took third place on the line here behind comfortable winner Yourartisonfire, despite a sloppy start.
WHISTLE DIXIE ATR Tracker
(Aintree, 11 April)
A dual winner in Ireland on soft ground, Whistle Dixie put an unfortunate unseated rider experience at Sandown last month behind her with a solid effort in the concluding bumper. The ground was probably a bit too quick for Whistle Dixie but she stayed on willingly under pressure to get within six lengths of winner Hollies Pearl. Gordon Elliott will be looking forward to campaigning her over hurdles.
FLAG WAR ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton 11 April)
Supplemented a previous course victory last September by hosing up in this nine-furlong handicap off an 89 rating. The Godolphin gelding chased home Miner's Lamp on soft ground at Sandown last season and the winner developed into a 100+ horse, so there will probably be room to manoeuvre, even when Flag War's new mark kicks in.
DUKE COSIMO ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 11 April)
Last seen landing the William Hill Silver Trophy at Ripon in August, this was an encouraging comeback run. Recovering from a sloppy start, Duke Cosimo worked his way into a challenging position before fading into fifth behind Arctic Feeling. David Barron's five-year-old didn't run as a juvenile but has been admirably consistent since blinkers were applied last season.
GO DAN GO ATR Tracker
(Redcar, 13 April)
Building on his promising second in a Musselburgh maiden 10 days earlier, Go Dan Go ran right up to his 68 rating on his handicap debut over the straight mile. Although no match for Charlie Appleby's Second Wave, Go Dan Go grabbed second spot and it's not difficult to envisage Keith Dalgleish placing his three-year-old to advantage around the Scottish/northern circuit.
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