Eyecatchers (20 May)

Taste The Wine (14-1), The Grey Gatsby (9-1), Clever Cookie (7-1), Groundbreaking (6-1), Volume (9-4) plus Arab Spring (13-8) were Previous Eyecatchers to hit the target last week and Alan has six more promising performances for your ATR 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.

(Salisbury, 15th May)
Having only her third run in this extended 1m 1f fillies' handicap but seems to be making steady progress. Ralph Beckett's three-year-old was only just denied by Crystal Nymph after looking the likely winner when striking the front two out. Melrose Abbey had previously scored at Chepstow on a soft surface and she seems at home with some ease underfoot.
(Salisbury, 15th May)
Another three-year-old filly from the Beckett camp and Cinnilla is worth watching in handicap company judged on her third career start. Although she didn't trouble the leaders in fifth, well adrift of winner Hidden Gold, she did enough to suggest there is a bit better to come when ridden more aggressively.
(Newbury, 16th May)
Roger Charlton introduced his two-year-old colt in what looked a typically competitive six-furlong Newbury maiden and although only eighth to Adaay, Captain Marmalade displayed some promise under a considerate ride from George Baker. Captain Marmalade was given plenty of time to find his feet and was well detached until switched for a late effort into midfield.
(Newbury, 16th May)
Sent off favourite for this 1m 3f handicap on the strength of an encouraging fourth to Cloudscape at the Craven meeting but ruined his chance by pulling Jamie Spencer's arms out. Consequently, Michael Bell's High Chaparral colt was a spent force in fourth behind Arab Dawn but Raven Ridge is better than this showing.
(Newmarket, 17th May)
This lad is just the type of middle-distance three-year-old that Mark Johnston excels with through the summer months. Stoutly bred, Alex My Boy was involved in a ding-dong struggle from a fair way out with Godolphin's narrow winner Miner's Lamp and stepped up on his previous comfortable Musselburgh maiden victory. This was the inexperienced colt's third run and better times lie ahead.
(Newbury, 17th May)
Was backed as if defeat was out of the question in this seven-furlong fillies' handicap but found previous winner Aertex just too strong. William Haggas's three-year-old hung left under pressure, either through greenness on only her second start or the firm underfoot conditions, and she deserves another chance.

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Eyecatchers (20 May)
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