Eyecatchers (27 October)

Jumbo Prado (11-1) Devilment (3-1), Feng Shui (evens) and Rock The World (evens) were previous Eyecatchers to reward the column last week and form expert Alan Thomson has shortlisted six more promising performers from the past seven days.

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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.

(Doncaster, 23 October)
Awarded a rating of 82 following his soft-ground maiden victory at Brighton, Ebtihaal was heavily backed to prove that was a lenient assessment of his ability. His supporters never had a worry, with Ebtihaal stretching clear to score by five lengths and Saeed bin Suroor will be eyeing-up some decent middle-distance handicaps for this fellow next season.
(Doncaster, 23 October)
Luca Cumani knows the family well as he trained this filly's mother, Dash To The Top, to finish a close second in the 2005 Yorkshire Oaks. Clearly benefitting from a 'sighter' at Newmarket the previous month, Very Dashing gave hot favourite Zest a scare, throwing down a determined challenge from the furlong pole before capitulating close home. She should mature into a smart three-year-old.
(Newbury, 24 October)
There were no market expectations (33-1) going into this mile maiden but Hijran ran a pleasing enough race. William Haggas's filly was staying on steadily until finding herself short of room a furlong out and losing all momentum. Jim Crowley wasn't hard on Hijran and her finishing position (6th) doesn't tell the whole story.
(Kelso, 24 October)
Made a highly satisfactory bow over hurdles for Sue Smith, leading some way from home but unable to contain well-backed Big River over the final flight. Just Georgie had finished second over 2m 4f in a Cork bumper in April (soft), so this minimum trip on quicker ground was probably not ideal.
(Kelso, 24 October)
Struck for home four out and fought on tenaciously when headed by classy Gold Futures. A dual winner over fences as a novice last season, Straidnahanna appeared to stay this 3m 2f trip well enough and there will be plenty of opportunities in the north this winter.
(Ayr, 26 October)
Making his belated hurdles debut after a year on the sidelines, Caledonia shaped as if he retains plenty of ability. Third in the big Aintree bumper back in 2013, Caledonia still has time on his side to fulfil that potential over obstacles. His ability to handle a deep surface will prove an asset in the months ahead and the ground at Ayr was lively enough for him.

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Eyecatchers (27 October)
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