Eyecatchers (21 October)

Previous Eyecatchers to win last week were Balmoral Handicap hero Bronze Angel at 20-1 plus Lady Yeats (11-2), Taglietelle (11-2) and Perceived (3-1) and form expert Alan Thomson has six more taking performances from the past week to add to your Tracker.

  • Tuesday 21 October
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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.

REPOSER ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 14 October)
Made all to score at Leopardstown over a mile last May off 77, so the six-year-old should be competitive off his 3lb lower rating in Britain and so it proved, as Reposer finished fast into third over this inadequate trip of six furlongs. The six-year-old can build on this solid foundation.
 
DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 14 October)
Clive Cox's three-year-old lacks a change of gear so the steady gallop dictated by Richard Hughes on winner Kelamita was never going to play to his strengths. Do Wah Diddy Diddy stayed on stoutly in third without threatening and the colt will be seen to better advantage in a truer run staying contest.
 
GIANTOUCH ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 16 October)
Having his fourth start for Marco Botti, Giantouch caught a tartar in the rapidly-improving Black Granite. Giantouch left some smart types in his wake as he tried to chase down the winner and compensation awaits.
 
SANTEFISIO ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 16 October)
Keith Dalgleish worked miracles with course specialist Chookie Royale last winter and although Santefisio will never match the exploits of his 111-rated stablemate, there are races in him judged on this unlucky fifth behind favourite Dutch Art Dealer. With his hold-up style of running, the gelding will always be a hostage to fortune and, typically, he met plenty of trouble in running here. Santefisio wintered in Dubai last year but he is surely worth campaigning at home in the weeks ahead.
 
PLUTOCRACY ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 18 October)
Only seventh behind impressive Desert Snow in this 1m 4f Class 3 event but Plutocracy found himself short of room on more than one occasion. A strong 9-4 favourite for his first attempt on a synthetic surface, David Lanigan's colt was bidding to add to a hat-trick of turf victories this season and shouldn't be judged too harshly on his first start back after a lay-off.
 
GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 18 October)
Travelled well enough in the staying handicap chase won by Roalco De Farges, but ran out of juice up the hill, fading into sixth spot. Colin Tizzard's gelding showed his liking for the track by running away with the JLT Speciality Chase at the festival in March and has dropped to a similar mark. This run should have put Golden Chieftain right.

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Eyecatchers (21 October)
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