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.
POTENT EMBRACE ATR Tracker
(Beverly, 15 July)
Sent off favourite for this Class 4 handicap on the strength of her close second at Haydock a fortnight earlier but her backers knew their fate fairly early as Mark Johnston's filly never recovered from a tardy start. Potent Embrace could finish no nearer than seventh to in-form Border Bandit but is better than this mediocre effort.
CHIVERS ATR Tracker
(Catterick, 16 July)
Didn't beat much when breaking his duck for Tim Easterby at Beverley in June (good to soft) and he could never get to grips with the leaders on this faster ground. However, Chivers has the physique to make further progress and his future may well lie over hurdles.
COMANCHERO ATR Tracker
(Epsom, 17 July)
Backers made him a warm favourite to supplement his clear-cut Chester victory five days earlier but Andrew Balding's gelding was given an injudicious ride. Held up fairly wide off a pedestrian pace, Comanchero found himself in a hopeless position when all-the-way winner Inspector Norse increased the tempo from over two furlongs out and he could never strike a blow. Comanchero had looked a fairly progressive three-year-old beforehand and deserves another chance, possibly in a bigger field going a faster clip.
COMPTON ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 19 July)
Beginning to become a bit expensive but Stuart Williams is just the man to find him a race in the weeks ahead. The five-year-old stayed on steadily into third behind Liberty Jack and a return to Lingfield, where he ran out a comfortable winner in January, is another option.
ALHELLA ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 21 July)
Making her debut for Kevin Ryan in this six-furlong fillies' maiden, Alhella looked the part in the parade ring and confirmed the impression there is horsepower under the bonnet by staying on from off the pace to finish on the heels of the principals. Jamie Spencer wasn't hard on her and improvement can be expected next time.
RAINBOW ROCK ATR Tracker
(Beverley, 21 July)
Was becoming the bookmakers' friend but a gelding operation appears to have done the trick as Rainbow Rock was always running all over his rivals. Peter Savill's horses used to strike fear into the layers, especially on the northern circuit, and Rainbow Rock looks one he can go to war with at a higher level this summer/autumn.
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