Eyecatchers (21 January)

Layla's Oasis (25-1), Reggie Bond (2-1), Searchlight (5-4) and Spreadable (4-9), were previous Eyecatchers to win in the past seven days plus Sheikhzayedroad (7-1) and Cat O'Mountain (6-4) both scored at Meydan.

  • Tuesday 21 January
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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.

CLEVER COOKIE ATR Tracker
(Musselburgh, 17th January)
Displayed an admirable attitude to peg back consistent yardstick Titus Bolt, despite flattening the second-last when poised to deliver his challenge. A mark of 115 here on his handicap debut leaves trainer Peter Niven something to work with around the northern circuit.

JAMAICA GRANDE ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 17th January)
Backers who ploughed into in-form The Blue Dog were made to hold their breath in fiscal terror as Jamaica Grande threw down a determinded challenge which only just failed. A dual Kempton winner, as recent as early December, the six-year-old remains in good nick.

SIR CHARLIE KUNZ ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 18th January)
Started 50-1 and 16-1 on his two maiden starts last August at York and Goodwood, but the money was down here in what looked on paper a fairly ordinary one-mile maiden. His odds-on backers left with burnt fingers, however, as Mark Johnston's three-year-old was readily outpaced by unexposed pacesetter Can't Change It before staying on late. The pair were clear and Sir Charlie Kunz, a son of Dalakhani, out of a Singspiel mare, should be a different  proposition when sent up in trip.

DANCE AND DANCE ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 18th January)
Stall one in these competitive handicaps can often prove a coffin box and Dance And Dance did as well as could be expected, running into third behind Birdman from a poor position on the home bend. Well treated these days, Ed Vaughan's eight-year-old is no back-number.

UN TEMPS POUR TOUT ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 18th January)
David Pipe's son of superb NH sire Robin Des Champs may never live up to his lofty £450,000 price tag but this was a promising effort nonetheless. Two miles around here was always going to be on the sharp side, and so it proved as Zamdy Man quickened best between the last two flights. There was more than 20 lengths back to the third and the first two look useful.

PTIT ZIG ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 18th January)
Third in last year's Fred Winter Juvenile at Cheltenham, Ptit Zig lost little in defeat in this grandly-monikered Champion Hurdle Trial, trying to concede 4lb to talented mudlover Melodic Rendezvous. Still only a five-year-old, Ptit Zig has a nice prize in him this season before going on to even better things over fences.

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Eyecatchers (21 January)
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