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.
ASK THE GURU ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 25 March)
Despite the track riding a good bit slower than normal, Ask The Guru clocked a smart time in winning the five-furlong handicap. Rab Havlin was happy to track tearaway Pearl Noir before striking for home early in the straight and Ask The Guru had just enough in the tank to hold off Boxing Shadows. This was the five-year-old's first run in a month and Michael Attwater's gelding is an able sort on his day.
SHADOWS LENGTHEN ATR Tracker
(Newcastle, 27 March)
Asking Shadows Lengthen to concede lumps of weight to improving Montoya's Son and hot favourite De Vous A Moi was a tall order but Mick Easterby's gelding outran his 22-1 SP in third. Off the track since Boxing Day, Shadows Lengthen appreciates good ground and could pick up a nice prize around 2m 4f this summer.
GO NANI GO ATR Tracker
(Lingfield, 27 March)
Ed De Giles gave his nine-year-old a long winter's break but the gelding has returned in good nick judged on this excellent third to Brother Tiger. Sent off a 20-1 chance, Go Nani Go closed smartly and found himself slightly tightened up in the final 50 yards. A winner at Musselburgh (good to firm) last April off a 2lb higher mark, Go Nani Go looks primed to strike again soon.
FIFTYSHADESFREED ATR Tracker
(Kempton, 28 March)
Enjoyed a fruitful 2014 and his handicap mark has risen accordingly. Trainer George Baker decided to take 7lb off his gelding's back by booking an apprentice but Fiftyshadesfreed found himself trapped wide throughout. The four-year-old had done his racing by the time Noble Gift and Fire Fighting were left to battle out a pulsating finish and, in any event, this 1m 3f trip may have overstretched his stamina.
CHATEZ ATR Tracker
(Doncaster, 28 March)
Alan King's gelding looked a far happier horse after a wind operation and he simply blew them away in the Betway Spring Mile. Pulled up at Huntingdon when last seen in early February, Chatez travelled strongly throughout. He wasn't a bad horse last term, landing the Haydock Silver Bowl over 10 furlongs on soft ground in May, but even better can reasonably be anticipated on the back of this romp.
MANGE ALL ATR Tracker
(Doncaster, 28 March)
His ante-post backers probably felt a bit deflated after this fifth to Gabrial in the Betway Lincoln but Mange All looked as if he would improve for the run, probably over a bit further than the bare mile. The four-year-old just lacked a change of gear at a crucial stage but this was only his eighth career start. William Haggas does well with these later maturing types.
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