Belle Travers (10-1), Mr Bossy Boots (8-1), Growl (15-2), Percy Street (11-4), Shadow Game (2-1) and Red Cardinal (evens) were previous Eyecatchers to collect for the column last week and form expert Alan Thomson has shortlisted six more.

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(Carlisle, 22 June)

Keith Dalgleish has got his five-year-old in the zone and Sindarban was most impressive in landing the historic Cumberland Plate. Despite being hampered twice in his run, Phillip Makin kept a cool head, producing his mount with a perfectly executed run when switched outside.

Sindarban, running in the ubiquitous Rooney colours, will take a hike in the ratings but his shrewd trainer will surely have one beady eye on exploiting a mouth-watering hurdles mark.

Harking back to that Cumberland Plate result, third-placed Masterpaver also deserves an honourable mention after being shuffled back to the rear, trapped on the rails, going into the home bend.

(Newcastle, 24 June)

Having his first run at the minimum distance and there was much to like about his third to in-form Orion’s Bow.

Memories Galore, in the care of Harry Dunlop, had been raised 2lb for chasing home Magnus Maximus at Kempton a month earlier and the four-year-old will remain competitive when returned to six furlongs, a trip he scored twice over last midsummer.

(Lingfield, 25 June)

After an inauspicious Kempton debut in December (100-1), Ed Vaughan’s gelding showed a glimpse of his true ability in this modest 1m 2f maiden. Anchored well adrift by Oisin Murphy, Reconcilliation took closer order off the home bend and was deprived of racing room close home. He finished on the heels of The Major and Pastoral Music, two rivals boasting respectable public form, so this was a step forward under a considerate ride.

(Chester, 25 June)

This son of Youmzain departed Mick Channon’s yard last autumn for a couple of abortive outings over hurdles for Tom Lacey, but Diamond Joel has returned to his spiritual home with Channon.

Connections will have been delighted by this first run back in 247 days, John Egan setting sensible fractions out in front before being reeled in by resurgent favourite Always Resolute.

(Newcastle, 25 June)

Has comparatively few miles on the clock for a seven-year-old and he returned from a two-year absence to be pipped on the line by Desert Encounter (won again on Saturday) at Newmarket in May.

Racing off the same mark, Poyle Thomas travelled ominously well in the Northumberland Vase, hitting the front inside the final furlong before being run out of it by the unexposed favourite Dannyday and Haines. Poyle Thomas has a preference for good ground on turf and adapted very well to the Tapeta surface.

(Newcastle, 25 June)

Sparingly campaigned by Iain Jardine, Nakeeta was fancied to go one better than his short head defeat in the Chester Cup by landing the inaugural Tapeta running of the Pitmen’s Derby.

Things didn’t go to plan, however, as the five-year-old was unable to assume a prominent position from the stalls. The writing was on the wall for his backers a long way from home as Nakeeta was never able to find any racing room.

Further scrimmaging down the straight when attempting to make ground was the final nail in the coffin and this run is best forgotten.

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