Previous Eyecatchers to win last week were Euginio (11-4), Tor (5-2), Desert Skyline (2-1), Humble Hero (5-4) plus Duretto (11-10) and form expert Alan Thomson has handpicked ten horses to follow from the 2017 St Leger Festival.

  • Tuesday 19 September
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(1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap, 13 September)

At first glance, David Barron's four-year-old would appear to be in the grip of the handicapper having been nudged up the ratings on the back of some solid efforts over 5f this summer.

However, Venturous seems to be in very good heart and his sixth to Somewhere Secret can be marked up as he fluffed the start.

Racing detached in the early stages, Venturous was driven on to the heels of the leaders before being short of room and giving way in the final 100 yards.

He is worth a second glance if turning up at Ayr later this week.

(Owlerton Greyhound Stadium Nursery, 13 September)

Ultimately proved no match for Nobleman's Nest in this 7f contest but Richard Fahey’s colt emerged clear second-best after moving up with purpose two furlongs out.

Crownthorpe had broken his duck at the sixth attempt 11 days earlier at Sandown and remains in excellent nick.

(Breeders' Series EBF Fillies' Handicap, 14 September)

Ralph Beckett's three-year-old filly was on the scoresheet earlier in the season at Bath and Beverley, both victories coming on a solid surface.

Soft ground on Town Moor wouldn't have suited Camerone but she wasn't disgraced in fourth here.

She couldn't go through the gears when favourite What A Home struck for home two out but is worth another chance back on some decent ground.

(Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, 14 September)

Had shown placed form on her two previous outings on soft ground, so conditions were no problem for Richard Hannon's filly.

Unfortunately, Elysium Dream stumbled at the start, forfeiting valuable ground, and although Hollie Doyle's mount made giant strides to work her way back into the race, her effort flattened out in the final furlong.

Sixth place behind Laugh A Minute, drawn on the opposite side of the track, was a meritorious effort under the circumstances.

(Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Flying Scotsman Stakes, 15 September)

Roger Teal has unearthed an exciting gem of a colt and more days in the limelight surely lie ahead.

The son of Dark Angel, whose progeny predominantly enjoy an easy surface, was given plenty of time to find his stride but the response was immediate when Adam Kirby took the race by the scruff of the neck two out.

Tip Two Win shot clear and with market principals Tigre Du Terre and Aqabah filling the places, this looks strong form.

(EBF British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery, 14 September)

Remains a maiden after five starts but Richard Fahey could well find a race for her before season’s end.

Clubbable was put firmly in her place by Karl Burke’s impressive Ellthea but was caught a little out of her ground when the winner poached a vital few lengths over a furlong out.

A mark of 75 here looks very workable.

(William Hill Mallard Handicap, 15 September)

Not really fired this season for Iain Jardine and has tended to race in the shadow of stable star Nakeeta, but Shrewd is a talented individual in his own right.

The gelding scored by a wide margin off 96 at York last June and was 4lb higher when running second in the Ebor.

The handicapper took his measure thereafter but his third here to Time To Study and Byron Flyer, admittedly well held, was a green shoot of recovery.

Shrewd finished 12th in last year's Cesarewitch (held up, never dangerous from a very high draw), but is 6lb lower now.

With stable apprentice Jamie Gormley taking off 7lb, Shrewd could be a lively outsider at HQ next month.

(William Hill Portland Handicap, 16 September)

Has crept up the weights following a lively start to the season, scoring at Kempton in April before chasing home useful Vibrant Chords three weeks later at Goodwood.

A Momentofmadness raced prominently and was a little cramped for room as Spring Loaded exploded clear over a furlong out.

This was another solid run and the gelding keeps knocking at the door.

(Alan Wood Heating And Plumbing Park Stakes, 16 September)

A three-time juvenile winner, David Elsworth’s strapping three-year-old shaped quite well in this Group 2 contest (sixth) without ever threatening Aclaim.

Sir Dancealot didn’t help by hanging slightly under pressure but Jim Crowley was by no means hard on his mount and it will be interesting to see how the handicapper reacts as there appeared to be a bit more left in the tank.

(P J Towney Construction Ltd Handicap, 16 September)

Having started at odds of 25-1, 33-1 and 50-1 on his last three outings, it’s fair to say You’re Fired had lost his way coming into this Class 2 contest over the straight mile.

However, connections will have been heartened by this third spot under 7lb claimer Patrick O’Hanlon following a 168-day absence.

The first two home, Kryptos and Battered, are at the top of their game currently, so You’re Fired deserves a pat on the back.

The six-year-old is best with plenty of cut underfoot and if he doesn’t become a victim of the dreaded ‘bounce’ factor on his next start, You’re Fired should be worth following this autumn.

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