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.
SPRYT ATR Tracker
(Beverley, 15 April)
Formerly trained by Dermot Weld, Spryt was reappearing nine days after his UK debut for David O'Meara when just touched off at Redcar by Godolphin's Well Off. Strong-traveller Spryt looked the likely winner of this Class 5 handicap before favourite Montefalcon, in receipt of 5lb, produced an irresistible late thrust.
NEXT APPROACH ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 15 April)
Wearing a hood for her racecourse debut, Next Approach showed plenty of pace caught wide before flattening out inside the final furlong. John Gosden's three-year-old wasn't beaten far in third and may have appreciated a slightly more yielding surface.
AMAZING SPEED ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 16 April)
Saeed bin Suroor's daughter of Shamardal enjoyed a hands and heels introduction, shaping with promise in finishing a close-up fifth to Ceaseless in this seven-furlong fillies' maiden. She will know more about the game next time.
HEEZARARITY ATR Tracker
(Chelmsford City, 16 April)
Off the track for 289 days but looked tuned up for his return to action. Trailblazing Tizlove Regardless didn't take any prisoners from the off, with Heezararity the closest pursuer, but when the leader folded very tamely Heezararity found himself in front early in the straight. Although unable to contain late challenger Yul Finegold, he stayed on gamely to secure second spot and the race was run in a quick time.
CHIEF SPIRIT ATR Tracker
(Newbury, 18 April)
Running in the familiar silks of Jeff Smith for trainer James Eustace, Chief Spirit can make his mark in handicaps. Having his third maiden outing, the son of Norse Dancer (who stayed further than this mile) was made to look pretty ordinary by Intilaaq, but held on gamely for third. Sent off at loud prices on his three starts so far (66-1, 66-1 and 20-1), Chief Spirit could pop up at juicy odds.
ELUSIVITY ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 20 April)
Racing off his lowest mark in almost four years, Elusivity appeared poised for victory when mastering favourite Go Nani Go over a furlong out. However, Peter Crane's gelding was himself collared close home by strong-travelling Midnight Rider, finding the concession of 12lb to the winner just too much.
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