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.
BLUE WAVE ATR Tracker
(Southwell, 21st January)
Late-maturing middle-distance gelding is getting his act together and made mincemeat of some moderate rivals, easily supplementing an equally facile victory at Lingfield eight days earlier. Mark Johnston does so well with these types.
SIR ABBOT ATR Tracker
(Leopardstown, 26th January)
No match for impressive Quickpick Vic in this 16-runner maiden hurdle, but was making significant late inroads on the first two under a sympathetic ride from Tony McCoy. The five-year-old had a couple of fair yardsticks in arrears, so this was promising.
POINT GUARD ATR Tracker
(Warwick, 23rd January)
Looked a big, scopey sort in the paddock in an interesting bumper and wasn't knocked about in fourth behind quite a useful sort in Battle Born. Don Cantillon's raw recruit is probably capable of much better as his career progresses.
FOX APPEAL ATR Tracker
(Doncaster, 25th January)
Emma Lavelle's gamble of dropping her progressive gelding back to two miles back-fired as he was taken off his feet behind top novice Valdez. Fox Appeal made several untidy jumps as he was taken out of his comfort zone but will be a different proposition when returned to a more appropriate distance.
LE ROCHER ATR Tracker
(Cheltenham, 25th January)
Out of all the horses under the microscope on Cheltenham Trials day, Le Rocher created the biggest impression as a horse worth ante-post support. Not always fluent over his hurdles, Le Rocher fairly powered up the hill and must take high rank among the Triumph Hurdle principals.
ARAMADYH ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 27th January)
Ran into an improving sort in Sir Charlie Khan but gave the odds-on favourite a stern test on her first start since October. A mark of 68 here seems workable.
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