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.
MENGLI KHAN ATR Tracker
(Newmarket, 24 September)
Quite an imposing individual, Mengis Khan ran a race full of promise in this one-mile maiden. Tracking the pace throughout, Hugo Palmer's colt couldn't quite match the finishing kick of the principals, Mustajeer and odds-on favourite Linguistic, but ran on with some purpose into third.
LA FRITILLAIRE ATR Tracker
(Chelmsford, 24 September)
Slowly getting the hang of this game, La Fritillaire stepped up on her previous four runs to chase home favourite Shifting Moon in this modest 1m 5f handicap. She hadn't run too badly at Nottingham earlier in the month (5th) and, leading three out here, James Given's filly stuck on willingly when headed.
EXPLOSIVE POWER ATR Tracker
(Pontefract, 24 September)
Karl Burke's two-year-old didn't enjoy the run of the race on his second career start. Short of room at a vital stage, he finished on the heels of Easy Code and favourite Happy Call, with the first three pulling well clear of the pack. Explosive Power proved quite popular in the betting ring and has more to offer.
INFLEXIBALL ATR Tracker
(Wolverhampton, 25 September)
Not shown an awful lot so far but John Mackie's three-year-old isn't a lost cause. She was slightly impeded at the start and found herself shuffled to the rear. Consequently, Inflexiball had no chance from this unflattering slot but ran on well into fifth behind winning favourite My Mo. Well worth a look in future.
BEST BOY ATR Tracker
(Chelmsford, 26 September)
A winner at Beverley in August, Best Boy probably ran up to his mark when finishing third to previous scorer Kalon Brama in this lowly handicap. However, David Griffiths will have taken encouragement from the way Best Boy knuckled down to his task after being short of room two out and there could be another small race or two in him.
DOLPHIN VISTA ATR Tracker
(Ripon, 26 September)
Fared much the best of the horses drawn wide in this one-mile nursery, only fading into third close home. Richard Fahey's colt had finished runner-up at Thirsk three weeks earlier and Dolphin Vista is knocking at the door.
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