Eyecatchers (24 February)

Dark Dune (7-1), Dark Emerald (6-1), Lean On Pete (5-1), Bint Dandy (7-2), Kilcooley (3-1) plus Devilment (4-9) were all previous Eyecatchers to reward the column last week and Alan Thomson has highlighted six more promising performers.

  • Tuesday 24 February
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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.

(Kempton, 18 February)
Re-appearing from a 165-day break, Karl Burke's three-year-old belied his 33-1 starting price by chasing home easy odds-on winner Festive Fare.  A winner on soft round at Vichy as a juvenile, Caprior Bere flopped when last seen at Haydock. However, he looked a different specimen in this one-mile contest following a gelding operation and has plenty of size and substance. It is easy enough to envisage him making light of his rating (87 here) in the months ahead.
(Chelmsford City, 19 February)
Consistent at a modest level until sidelined for 575 days, Sailing Home has since returned to action off an attractive mark (54 here) and there was plenty to like about her third to favourite Third Strike in this Class 6 handicap over 10 furlongs. The eight-year-old was slightly tightened up down on the rail two furlongs out and there is still a small race in her.
(Wolverhampton, 20 February)
Bred to appreciate a trip, Anarchiste really found her stride late in this nine-furlong maiden to almost nab hotpot Single Sense on the line. The filly had shown promise in two big-field Kempton maidens and is an obvious one for ordinary middle-distance handicaps in due course.
(Lingfield, 21 February)
Andrew Balding gave his six-year-old a pipe-opener after a 98-day absence in this Fast-Track Qualifier and the run wouldn't have been lost on the six-year-old. Drawn wide, Intransigent never figured behind Rivellino but was noted staying on steadily into sixth. The gelding ran away with a 15-runner Heritage Handicap at Ascot in October and there is more to come.
(Wolverhampton, 23 February)
Snapped up by Shaun Lycett after comfortably landing a seven-furlong Lingfield claimer for Simon Dow 10 days earlier, Malaysian Boleh took a significant drop to the minimum trip. Surging home along the rail, the five-year-old almost pegged back Arctic Lynx and is worth noting when asked to travel a bit further. 

(Ayr, 23 February)
Training problems have curtailed the talented nine-year-old's career and he belatedly dropped into a handicap for this 2m 4f test on very deep ground. Making up for lost time, Lucinda Russell's gelding readily brushed aside course specialist Silverton to score by four lengths and his rating (110 here) allows plenty of room for further success, even after re-assessment. No Deal will stay further, too.

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Eyecatchers (24 February)
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