Eyecatchers (17 March)

Previous Eyecatchers to score in the past fortnight were Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere (20-1), Hawk High (33-1), On The Cusp (7-1), Tee It Up Tommo (9-4), My Son Max (6-4) plus Oscar Hoof (5-4) and Alan has ten Cheltenham runers for 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.

ACKERTAC ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 11th March)
One-paced seventh to Holywell in the three-mile handicap chase and found things happening a bit too quickly on the lively ground. Previously successful on soft, beating last Saturday's Midlands National winner Goulanes as a novice, Tim Vaughan will be on the lookout for a slower surface for Ackertac on his next outing.
 
ORGILGO BAY ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 12th March)
Travelled strongly in his first-time hood and only capitulated on the run-in as Hawk High and Katgary swept past in the Fred Winter Juvenile. Appreciated the slicker surface, as he proved when beating Clarcam at Punchestown (good/firm) last November. Connections will be hoping fast ground prevails at the Punchestown festival and through the summer months.
 
KILLULTAGH VIC ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 12th March)
Mightily impressive when thumping Golantilla at Naas 17 days before his date in the Champion Bumper, but didn't quite live up to expectations in sixth behind Silver Concorde. However, as a son of Old Vic he may have found the ground a touch lively and the five-year-old didn't enjoy a lot of racing room on the rails for much of the trip as the big field jostled for position. Killultagh Vic is one to have on your side when ridden with a bit more enterprise on softer ground.
 
BAYAN ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 12th March)
Gordon Elliott's five-year-old was caught a vital couple of lengths out of his ground when the leaders quickened off the home bend in the Coral Cup and could only stay on at one pace in third to Whisper. Bayan has been sparingly campaigned since winning at the Listowel festival last September and will surely give his connections more big pay days.
 
SMASHING ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 12th March)
Willie Mullins gave his five-year-old grey a British sighter in the Betfair Hurdle (ninth) at Newbury and Smashing lived up to his name with a super effort in fourth in the Coral Cup, despite his 25-1 starting price. A dual winner, Smashing was having only his seventh career start and is open to improvement.
 
CUP FINAL ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 12th March)
Found the competition much too hot in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle as Faugheen strutted his stuff. Cup Final has been highly tried, having previously ran into Irving at Taunton and Kempton, and JP McManus' comparative rookie will be seen in a better light when sent handicapping.
 
WONDERFUL CHARM ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 13th March)
Hampered four out in the JLT Novices' Chase but would not have troubled the principals in any case after a slightly laboured effort. Paul Nicholls' chaser looked impressive when scoring at Newbury in November and might well feel more at home on a flat, galloping track like Aintree.
 
TRUSTAN TIMES ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 13th March)
Tim Easterby had his raiders in tip-top condition and Trustan Times ran a grand race in fourth, snapping at the heels of winner Fingal Bay. A grand stamp of a horse, Trustan Times had beaten dual Cheltenham festival scorer Holywell at Haydock a couple of seasons ago and, at eight years of age, has plenty of mileage in him yet.
 
ALAIVAN ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 14th Cheltenham)
Has produced his best form on much softer ground, running off 145 at his peak when trained in Ireland. His ninth to Lac Fontana in the County Hurdle wasn't a bad effort in the circumstances and Jonjo O'Neill is just the man to exploit his current 132 rating.
 
KENTUCKY HYDEN ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 14th March)
Ran a belter in chasing home Tiger Roll in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, despite being hampered by the fall of Abbyssial at the second flight. Nicky Henderson hasn't shied away from pitching his gelding into the deep end as Kentucky Hyden has twice hunted up useful Le Rocher on heavy ground.

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