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.
THREE MERRY LADS ATR Tracker
(Musselburgh, 13 June)
Mark Johnston has made a habit of farming seven-furlong maidens around the East Lothian track and Three Merry Lads was clearly 'expected' as the money forced him into a shade of odds-on. His backers must have felt confident as the colt stretched out in front but in the end he couldn't contain Jumeirah Glory. The pair pulled five lengths clear and are probably fairly useful..
HOON ATR Tracker
(Sandown, 13 June)
Rae Guest is more associated with training the fairer sex but his three-year-old gelding Hoon looks capable of picking up a race off this mark of 69. Hoon made his move on the outside in the home straight and threw down a challenge from two out. His run gradually lost its impetus, however, and he had to settle for third.
ENOBLED ATR Tracker
(Sandown, 14 June)
Sir Michael Stoute doesn't keep four-year-old handicappers in training without good cause and the master trainer will be keen to prise a victory out of the Cheveley Park colt. Enobled looked a shade unfortunate, with Ryan Moore running out of room down on the rail at a vital stage. A staying-on fourth behind Sea Shanty in a pulsating finish, Enobled should remain competitive around this mark of 84.
REAL TIGRESS ATR Tracker
(Chester, 14 June)
Robert Winston did remarkably well to keep the partnership intact after one of his reins snapped shortly after the start. That effectively put paid to Real Tigress's chances but Winston still managed to keep her in front until the furlong pole. Les Eyre's mare continues in good fettle.
MISSED CALL ATR Tracker
(Chester, 14 June)
Punters only wanted to know Malcolm Denmark's filly and for most of this 1m 4f trip the 6-4 jolly looked sure to collect. Unfortunately, Missed Call was hampered running off the home bend when poised to swoop and all chance was lost. She did well to rally for second and this is one that got away.
KHEE SOCIETY ATR Tracker
(Windosr, 16 June)
Sent off market leader in this tight Class 5 handicap but was never put into the race with a realistic chance. George Baker is usually a reliable pair of hands but this time he settled hold-up merchant Khee Society too far out of his ground off an ordinary early gallop. The three-year-old was left stranded when the leaders kicked at the intersection but David Evans's gelding made good late headway into fifth, not far behind game winner Go Sakhee..
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