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.
PERFECT PERSUASION ATR Tracker
(York, 22 August)
William Haggas enjoyed a successful week on the Knavesmire but this may have been one that got away. Apprentice Nathan Alison could never find adequate racing room for Perfect Persuasion until deep inside the final furlong of this Class 2 handicap won by Master The World, staying on into fourth. There is more to come from this improving three-year-old filly.
WATERSMEET ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 22 August)
Loves to dominate but had no chance of getting to the front as the first-time blinkered Guaracha careered off like a scalded cat. Watersmeet could only stay on into a one-paced fourth but he is only 5lb higher than when bounding clear at Haydock in July. A more conventionally run race should see a return to winning ways.
JAMMY GUEST ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 23 August)
Again finished in the ruck, never looking like striking a blow as Almargo dashed clear in the 32Red Handicap. George Margarson's gelding was done no favours by the handicapper as a three-year-old and will need some respite before adding to his sole maiden victory. He kept good company last season (ninth to Gale Force Ten in the Jersey Stakes) and the latent talent is probably waiting to resurface when given a chance by the assessor. The type to pop up at a loud price.
MISS ATOMIC BOMB ATR Tracker
(Windsor, 23 August)
She hasn't added to her solitary maiden victory at Wolverhampton last October, but Jeremy Noseda's filly would have gone very close to catching Jailawi in this modest mile handicap with a rub of the green. Hampered at the start, Miss Atomic Bomb was moved on to the heels of the leaders over a furlong out but, try as he might, George Baker just couldn't negotiate a clear passage for his mount.
SUEGIOO ATR Tracker
(York, 23 August)
Marco Botti's Chester Cup hero was a 33-1 shot in the Betfred Ebor but didn't shape badly in ninth. The ground would have been lively enough for the five-year-old and the Betfred Cesarewitch will be his big autumn target. Suegioo boasts solid Newmarket form and the likelihood of an easier surface makes him of definite interest come October.
TIGER JIM ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 25 August)
Landed a seven-furlong handicap at Doncaster the previous week with little fuss and was backed off the boards to follow up, despite dropping in trip. Jim Goldie's lightly-raced four-year-old moved up menacingly two out but just failed to find a finishing kick in fourth. This son of Tiger Hill looked as if he was feeling the ground in the closing stages and if his trainer can get Tiger Jim's rating up a few more pounds, he would be of interest in the Ayr Bronze Cup, a race they won with Jack Dexter in 2012.
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