WELCOME to our new Eyecatchers column. Every week Alan Thomson will be pinpointing horses primed to strike in the next few weeks, if not days. Remember, you can add Alan's weekly updates to your ATR Tracker.
ROY'S LEGACY ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 19th February)
Dual Lingfield winner was never able to utilise his devastating early dash after a rare sloppy start and had no extra to give in the final furlong, finishing third behind Iffranesia. The five-year-old's tough trip out wide, rather than a rise in his handicap mark, may have been Roy's Legacy's undoing and his winning run may not be over just yet.
MOST PECULIAR ATR Tracker
(Clonmel, 20th February)
Was sent off a strong favourite in this bumper to step up on his debut fourth at Fairyhouse but played second fiddle to Gordon Elliott's impressive Drunken Counsel. The result may well have been different had Willie Mullins' representative not been hampered at a vital stage and Most Peculiar surely has a similar race in him.
BROCKLEBANK ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 22nd February)
Never showed in ninth (20-1) behind all-weather specialist Grey Mirage but finished on the heels of the leading protagonists. Brocklebank has been a good servant to Simon Dow since his winning juvenile days for Kevin Ryan and was a 50-1 runner-up to Alfred Hutchinson in a hot Lingfield handicap in January. Probably at his best attacking late off a strong pace, the five-year-old could pop up at a nice price one of these days.
FINE ARTICLE ATR Tracker
(Fairyhouse, 22nd February)
Bred to do a job for Paul Nolan, being a half-brother to the stable's very useful Joncol and from the family of On His Own. Fine Article couldn't replicate their achievement of winning a bumper on debut but there was still plenty to like about his effort in chasing home Willie Mullins' newcomer Westhorpe (well touted for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham). There was a yawning 18-length gap back to the third, a well-backed Gordon Elliott horse, so this was probably a high-quality affair.
SUN CLOUD ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 22nd February)
Travelled like a dream in the Betfred Eider Chase until falling at the 15th fence. Malcolm Jefferson has a nice staying type for the future and Sun Cloud is capable of adding to earlier seasonal victories at Hexham and Catterick. Still only seven years of age, he has time on his side.
BARTON ROSE ATR Tracker
(Plumpton, 24th February)
Sent off 40-1, 100-1 and 100-1 on her last three starts but the money was down for Barton Rose's first attempt in handicap company. The five-year-old Midnight Legend mare (11-4 fav) absolutely bolted up and Neil Mulholland might want to strike again quickly before the handicapper exacts his retribution.
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