Empress Ali (5-1) and Double W's (9-4) were two previous eyecatchers to score for Alan Thomson's column last week. Here, he's got six more horses for your At The Races Tracker.

  • Tuesday 18 October
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WELCOME to our Eyecatchers column. Every Tuesday form expert 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.


(Chelmsford, 13 October)

Alan Bailey's horses are in good nick and Baddilini bounced back to form having started a 50-1 'rag' on his previous outing. The six-year-old was given an aggressive ride and looked as if he might hold on until collared close home by Firmdecisions and Alejandro.

Baddilini was competing off marks in the mid-90s on the all-weather last winter and should be able to take full advantage of his sliding rating (85 here).

(Haydock, 14 October)

Proved quite a difficult ride for Andrea Atzeni as he raced in an ungainly fashion when asked to move upsides winner Trading Point. Materialist kept on well in second and seemed to need every yard of this mile trip on his debut for Roger Varian. The colt could prove a different proposition next season.

(Newcastle, 14 October)

Rounded off a great day for Alistair Whillans (saddled treble) by scoring in most emphatic fashion in this 1m 4f Class 5 handicap. Ajman Prince enjoys his trips to Gosforth Park having been beaten a head the previous week, and although 5lb claimer Rowan Scott motored up a cul de sac in the straight, he was able to extricate himself from a pocket with his mount still full of running. There is more to come.

(Redcar, 14 October)

The winner over a stiff mile at Carlisle in September, Jordan James found this drop to seven furlongs just on the sharp side. Brian Ellison's three-year-old showed resolution, rallying strongly when headed by Gun Case to force a photo finish. Jordan James has done well since returning in mid-August from a 55-day break and is going the right way.

(Wolverhampton, 15 October)

Had gone off the radar since winning a Fontwell bumper in April but Seamus Durack has him firmly on course once again. Alfredo bounced back at 20-1 on his previous start at Lingfield over two miles (fifth scored at Windsor on Monday) and the follow-up here was never remotely in doubt as he was cantering over his rivals from a long way out. Alfredo was racing off a lowly 59 mark and can expect a hefty hike, but there are plenty of modest staying events to plunder on the all-weather.

(Pontefract, 17 October)

Saeed bin Suroor's colt, well handled by Josephine Gordon, stepped up on his debut at this track in April (second) and looked a stayer in the making after forging clear of Admiral's Sunset in the final 100 yards. The first two locked horns from off the home turn in this 1m 4f maiden and pulled well clear of the opposition.

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