Eyecatchers (25 August)

Bleu Astral (10-1), Martlet (8-1), Standing Ovation (6-1), Silvery Moon (5-2) and Shalaa (7-10) were all previous Eyecatchers to reward followers of the column last week and form expert Alan Thomson has flagged up six more winners in waiting.

  • Tuesday 25 August
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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.

LUCKY BEGGAR ATR Tracker
(York, 19 August)
Like most of the runners in this fast and furious five-furlong dash, Lucky Beggar was soon inhaling the vapour fumes trailing Caspian Prince's blistering all-round pace. Lucky Beggar stayed on into eighth spot without ever threatening to catch the judge's attention, but hinted at better to come. Charlie Hills' five-year-old has had only eight races since scoring at Newbury on easy ground in April 2014 and has dropped to his lowest rating in almost three years.
 
LAWYER ATR Tracker
(Carlisle, 19 August)
Backed into favouritism for this run-of-the-mill mile handicap, Lawyer was never placed to advantage in a tactical contest won by Argaki. The David Barron-trained Lawyer was closing down the leaders in third throughout the final furlong and is perched on a similar mark to when scoring for Luca Cumani at Windsor last July (good to soft).
 
CYMRIC ATR Tracker
(York, 19 August)
John Gosden's colt possesses a strong American influence in his pedigree and would almost certainly have preferred much quicker ground than he encountered in the Acomb Stakes won in grand style by Recorder. Cymric didn't let the side down in third and would be of interest if fulfilling an engagement in the At The Races-sponsored Champagne Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger Festival, ground permitting.
 
SAHAAFY ATR Tracker
(York, 21 August)
Another colt with plenty of American blood in his pedigree, Sahaafy found this mile trip just beyond him on a spongy surface. Barry Hills's three-year-old was always handy and looked the winner for a few strides when striking the front over a furlong out, before gradually fading into fourth behind My Dream Boat. Seven furlongs is probably his optimum trip.
 
VERY TALENTED ATR Tracker
(York, 21 August)
Supported into favouritism on the back of his promising Goodwood debut, the Godolphin colt was always in the van from his wide draw. Travelling supremely well, Very Talented appeared all set for victory until the more patiently-ridden Beautiful Morning appeared on the scene. This year's Convivial Stakes looked a strong event and the form should stack up in the weeks ahead.
 
BAY OF ST MALO ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 24 August)
Disappointed on her Newbury debut, despite steady support into 4-1, but Bay Of St Malo fared a bit better in this seven-furlong maiden won by Mise En Rose. Richard Hannon's daughter of Canford Cliffs couldn't live with an injection of pace early in the straight but ran on stoutly into third. She is crying out for a mile even at this early stage of her career.

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Eyecatchers (25 August)
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