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Previous Eyecatchers to lighten the bookies’ satchels in the last seven days were Varsovian (6-1), Get On The Yager (100-30), West Approach (15-8) plus Roksana (6-4) and form expert Alan Thomson has pinpointed six horses to follow from the past week.

Barry Geraghty

Barry looks back on his recent rides including Time To Move On’s ten-length victory in a bumper at Exeter on Friday.

Kevin Blake

Leading racing writer Kevin Blake pays homage to globetrotting star Highland Reel who bowed out on Sunday with victory in the Longines Hong Kong Vase, the seventh Group/Grade 1 win of his remarkable career.

Irish Scene

Declan Rix has a horse-by-horse guide to Sunday’s Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, a race that sees last season’s Gold Cup hero Sizing John return to action.

Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the two big races at Wolverhampton on Saturday night, including a mouth-watering Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 3YO Final on Good Friday.

Stable Stars

We’ve got a new leader as we head into week four of Stable Stars, a team manged by Robert Winchcole. Week four sees two Bonus Races go to post – the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the John Durkan at Punchestown on Sunday.

  • Pointing The Way

    Pointing The Way

    Action from Ballindenisk, Mainstown and Rathmorrissey saw Richard Pugh flag four horses of note going forward. Straight Red was a winner that our point-to-point expert really liked and you can see what he said about him here.

  • Sectional Spotlight

    Sectional Spotlight

    Simon Rowlands looks back on Tuesday’s meeting at Wolverhampton, where ATR’s pictures included the live display of Total Performance Data sectionals, and has shortlisted two selections for the weekend, one of which lines up in Dunstall Park’s Fast Track Qualifier on Saturday.

  • Winning Systems

    Winning Systems

    In his latest piece for, Dr Peter May analyses the potential profitability of front runners in National Hunt racing. Having assessed this angle 20 years ago, Dr May is now intrigued to see if over time the results have altered.

  • Handicappers' Blog

    Handicappers' Blog

    The BHA’s handicapper of two-year-olds, Graeme Smith assesses the 2017 Turf Season with regards to the changes made to the juvenile race programme and handicapping practices, and what impacts they had.

  • Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    With the British Horseracing Authority announcing that wind operations on horses will need to be declared from January 19 2018, the news has caused quite a stir among horsemen, punters and trainers. Here, Hugh Taylor gives his thoughts on the news from a punter’s perspective.

  • Talking Horses

    Talking Horses

    In his final Talking Horses column, David Lawrence analyses the horses that caught his eye most over the last week. A statistical look at the November Handicap, his final ratings of this season’s top juvenile fillies and a number of horses to be working well in Newmarket and Lambourn will need adding to your ATR tracker.

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