Eyecatchers (14 October)

Previous Eyecatchers to win last week were Farquhar at odds of 40-1 plus Second Step (13-2), Wonderful Charm (100-30) and Henrytheaeroplane (11-8). Form expert Alan Thomson has six more Eyecatchers from the past seven days to add to your Tracker.

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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.

(Kempton, 8 October)
Sporting the famous Khalid Abdullah silks, Fair Share has the stamp of a stout stayer in the making. Lady Cecil's colt was reappearing in this 1m 3f maiden after a 315-day absence but galloped on resolutely to catch Panatella inside the final 100 yards. The runner-up is rated only 71 but Fair Share will take higher rank in due course.

(Wolverhampton, 10 October)
David Barron's three-year-old landed the odds by a wide margin at Thirsk in June off 86, so he was entitled to be competitive racing off a 7lb lower mark on Tapeta. The gelding ran well enough in third behind resurgent Peter Chapple-Hyam's Eternitys Gate in this Class 4 sprint and can make his mark on this surface.

(Wolverhampton, 10 October)
Showed a preference for Dundalk when trained in Ireland and the five-year-old proved he was equally at home on the old Wolverhampton surface by scoring off 65 for Brendan Powell last September. Johnny Farrelly then took over the reins and Dimitar beat Conry over seven furlongs in quite a decent handicap for the grade in February. He has dropped to a feasible mark but seemed to find this seven-furlong trip on the sharp side, running on steadily into sixth. There is no reason to believe the gelding doesn't handle Tapeta equally well and he is one to note, probably when returned to the extended mile.

(Wolverhampton, 10 October)
Looked to have his race in the bag when pulling a few lengths clear off the home bend but it was agony for his backers when Persona Grata swooped close home. The colt may be slightly flattered by a rating of 80 but Peter Chapple-Hyam can surely find him a race this winter.

(York, 11 October)
Finished runner-up on his debut for Michael Bell in a fast-ground Ascot event in September and was well backed to make a winning start for new handler Richard Fahey in this seven-furlong maiden. Perhaps the much softer surface attributed to a lacklustre display in fourth and the Dubawi colt is worth another chance to atone.

(Curragh, 12 October)
Aidan O'Brien's newcomer bowled most observers over with an emphatic success in this seven-furlong maiden. Stablemate Jacobean was preferred in the market but had no answer as Royal Navy Ship swept into a decisive lead before idling slightly close home. All the top trainers were represented and this could have been a strong event. I'm sure we are going to hear a lot more about this son of War Chant.

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Eyecatchers (14 October)
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