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.
STONECUTTER ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 20th May)
Marco Botti's three-year-old colt, making his debut for the Magnier/Smith/Tabor triumvirate, drew nods of approval in the parade ring and the strapping grey wasn't knocked about, running on steadily into fourth behind Comedy King in this interesting 10f maiden. Stonecutter will know more about the game next time.
WATCHABLE ATR Tracker
(Goodwood, 23rd May)
Lightly raced for a four-year-old, David O'Meara's gelding shaped with plenty of promise behind Intrinsic and Ashpan Sam in this strong six-furlong handicap. Watchable may have finished closer but for being slightly intimidated down on the rail by the winner edging left in the final 100 yards.
COTTON CLUB ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 23rd May)
Looked fairly ordinary during his winter all-weather campaign but has made significant strides lately. The three-year-old gelding posted a fine effort when just failing to contain Arab Dawn at Goodwood and produced another bold show here, finishing with a flourish into second behind Insaany, having been restrained some way out of his ground.
NOBLE SILK ATR Tracker
(Haydock, 24th May)
Lucy Wadham has her string in cracking form and Noble Silk, probably better known for his all-weather exploits, proved himself an improved stayer on turf by running away with this competitive Class 2 handicap. Held up early, the five-year-old didn't join the heat of battle until after the three-furlong pole and quickly stamped his authority over some decent sorts.
AL BUSAYYIR ATR Tracker
(Redcar, 26th May)
Emerged triumphant after a tremendous duel with in-form Libran in this 1m 2f handicap, the pair pulling clear in the manner of two improving horses. Marco Botti's three-year-old has stamina on the dam side and may stay a bit further in due course, which opens up more opportunities for this tough sort.
SIMPLY SHINING ATR Tracker
(Carlisle, 26th May)
Has struggled to find the winner's enclosure since bagging her maiden as a juvenile at Thirsk two years ago on fast summer ground. Richard Fahey's filly was a sitting duck after cutting out the early fractions in the race won by Lady Artiste and is worth a second glance when encountering a much sounder surface.
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