Eyecatchers (18 February)

Four previous Eyecatchers scored for the column last week - Blue Wave (9-2), Rutherglen (9-4), Broughton (5-6) plus Un Temps Pour Tout (40-85) and Alan Thomson has six more promising performances to add to your ATR Tracker.

  • Tuesday 18 February
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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.

SPECIAL CATCH ATR Tracker
(Kelso, 13th February)
Found the Timeform Morebattle Hurdle trip of 2m 2f just on the sharp side but stuck on steadily in third place behind progressive Runswick Royal. Had earlier enjoyed the softer ground at Haydock when scoring over a longer trip and it's surely only a matter of time before canny Keith Reveley sends his imposing seven-year-old over fences.

WAR OF ART ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 14th February)
Sent off a warm favourite for this four-runner mile handicap, Tom Dascombe's three-year-old took a bit of stoking up but was nicely on top at the line. This was only the colt's third run, all at Lingfield, and this trip looks a minimum. Progressive.

CONSIGN ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 15th February)
Holds a Lincoln Handicap entry and Jeremy Noseda's four-year-old certainly wasn't knocked about in sixth behind George Guru. Consign could never get competitive after a sluggish start and it remains to be seen if he is up to his new mark of 95. However, the suspicion remains that there is more development on the cards.

CALEDONIA ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 15th February)
Springer in the market at loud morning prices, Caledonia led a classy Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle field into the straight before fading out of contention. Jim Goldie's five-year-old probably found three miles beyond him under this positive ride on bottomless ground but will find things easier in the future. His shrewd trainer also has him very well handicapped on the flat (fourth off a 66 rating in a York handicap in October) and Caledonia goes particularly well in the soft.

TEE IT UP TOMMO ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 15th February)
Quite exposed after a successful winter campaign but Michael Wigham could eke out more success in the weeks ahead. Drawn wide here stepping into Class 5 company, the five-year-old was buried in the rear and could never strike a blow. Tee It Up Tommo is better than this run.

OCEAN APPLAUSE ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 15th February)
Having his first run over 1m 4f since his ridiculous 2013 Derby start, Ocean Applause belied his 20-1 starting price here with a very solid run in finishing third to in-form Scottish Star. Has been kept busy these past 12 months but the gelding is commendably consistent.

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Eyecatchers (18 February)
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