Previous Eyecatchers Dolphin Vista (17-2), Dark Wonder (8-1), War Department (7-1), Carnageo (5-1), Chetan (7-2), Hijram (3-1), Hurricane Rush (11-4), Guns Of Leros (5-2), Mazzini (2-1) and Trevisani (11-10) won last week and Alan has selected six more.

  • Tuesday 30 August
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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.


(Hamilton, 26 August)

Overnight tissue favourite in some books to land the historic Lanark Silver Bell but Tim Easterby’s gelding drifted quite markedly.

Jason Hart dropped anchor as is customary on Salmon Sushi but there was surprisingly little pace to aim at until the field lengthened coming out of the dip.

Salmon Sushi found himself isolated down the outside and several lengths adrift, eventually staying on into sixth behind 20-1 stablemate Multellie.

Salmon Sushi was carrying a 6lb penalty for his five-length Wolverhampton romp 10 days earlier and he remains in good nick.

(Beverley 27 August)

Ann Duffield’s filly possesses plenty of toe and she had her rivals well strung out following a sharp exit from the stalls.

Well handicapped Masamah was the only rival to get within hailing distance but Hilary J was never going to be caught.

She scored at Thirsk in July and runner-up Courier has since rattled off an impressive hat-trick, the latest coming at Hamilton last Friday evening off 81.

Hilary J was racing off 74 here so she should remain competitive.

(Redcar, 27 August)

Subjective, an expensive purchase, made a highly encouraging debut in this seven-furlong maiden.

Well-backed into 2-1, Subjective threw down a menacing challenge from two furlongs out but lack of experience was eventually his undoing as Davy’s Dilemma edged clear.

David Simcock can find a similar contest for Fitri Hay’s colt.

(Beverley, 27 August)

Not the easiest of conveyance (has worn a hood) and Graham Lee had his hands full trying to get the Queen’s colt to settle in this 10-furlong Class 2 handicap.

Despite those exertions, Mainstream remained in the thick of the action up the straight and only lost out on the nod to Dolphin Vista.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old had chased home Regal Monarch over a longer trip at Pontefract on his previous start and would be of interest chasing a strong gallop in a big-field autumn handicap.

(Yarmouth, 28 August)

Won on his debut at Windsor on soft ground last October and was subsequently highly tried.

Hughie Morrison has found Top Beak’s level and although his colt gave forlorn chase to impressive Ballet Concerto in this Class 3 handicap he held on for second spot.

Top Beak had gone down fighting when runner-up to Alnashama at Leicester 12 days previously and is running into top form.

(Yarmouth, 28 August)

Mark Johnston’s three-year-old could never muster a serious blow, fading quite tamely into fifth spot behind Rockspirit in this Class 2 handicap.

Montsarrat didn’t have the clearest run through, however, and this wasn’t too bad an effort coming eight days after occupying a midfield berth behind Scarlet Dragon at York.

The colt landed a Class 3 event at Ripon in July and is worth a look when dropping slightly in grade.

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