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.
ANTON CHIGURH ATR Tracker
(Yarmouth, 13 August)
Having his first run in 100 days and looked just a little ring-rusty, picking up late from a poor position off a moderate gallop to finish strongly into fourth in this seven-furlong Class 5 handicap. The five-year-old has slipped to a tasty mark in the mid-70s and is poised to win with some cut underfoot (never risked on fast ground).
ARCANO GOLD ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 15 August)
Having his third outing for Richard Fahey, Arcano Gold never troubled Sir Michael Stoute's winner Mukhayyam but plugged on willingly into third. Arcano Gold doesn't do anything very quickly but owners Middleham Park Racing will have a nursery in mind this autumn, possibly at Ayr's Western meeting where Fahey has such an excellent record.
LADY YEATS ATR Tracker
(Ripon, 16 August)
Returning from a mid-season break, George Moore's filly may have lacked peak fitness as she faded out of the places behind winner Indira. Lady Yeats struck the front for a few strides over a furlong out and this Redcar winner back in April can step up on this comeback, probably with some cut in the ground.
WITHERNSEA ATR Tracker
(Newbury, 15 August)
A Musselburgh winner on softish turf as a juvenile, Richard Fahey's three-year-old proved no match for Katawi here but had the rest well strung out behind. Withernsea was nicely backed and there's a handicap with his name on it before the year is out.
ASTEROIDEA ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 17 August)
Tried to make all in this middle-distance handicap and had most of her rivals gasping for air a long way out. She eventually found one too good in the year-older Aramist but Pam Sly can look forward to some good times ahead with this daughter of Sea The Stars and her former stable stalwart Speciosa.
PICCADILLY JIM ATR Tracker
(Thirsk, 18 August)
Didn't race as a juvenile and the grey still showed signs of inexperience in this three-year-old handicap as he missed a beat at the start. Always playing catch-up, Piccadilly Jim belatedly found his stride inside the final furlong, running into a pocket and having to be switched close home. He was pricking his ears passing the post and a mark here of 67 probably underestimates his potential.
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