HORSE RACING: Tips from the Colonel

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TOP racing tipster Kevan Minter, known as The Colonel, gives Mercury readers his top tips for the week ahead.

Kevan, who lives in Stamford, is trackside most days and is regularly on TV.

THERE is an unprecendented sense of anticipation ahead of the final Classic of the season, the £550,000 Group One Ladbrokes St Leger, which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on September 15 where Camelot remains on course to become the 16th winner of the Triple Crown and the first since Nijinsky in 1970.

The unbeaten son of Montjeu, who was last seen out when winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 30, was given a racecourse gallop at Leopardstown last Thursday, and is the red-hot 2/5 favourite with race sponsor Ladbrokes.

After the Leopardstown workout, O’Brien told the press: “It has been a good while since he ran and he has had a break and done really well - he is made like a miler now and has got very round and strong.

“He will be running over quite a bit further in the Ladbrokes St Leger and it’s important that he has had a nice day out here today. He can now be trained for the race.”

* AT Yarmouth on Tuesday, Salacia (5-4 fav) lost its maiden tag for Ismail Mohammed in the opening race of the day and got punter’s off to a good start on a poor card.

Afkar was a good winner for Clive Brittan in the Handicap and looks up to winning again in this grade. l THE notepad horse for this week is Monetary Fund, runner-up to Sentimental Journey in a Handicap Hurdle at Stratford on Monday after good support in the betting ring 13-2 from 10-1.

Venetia Williams’ 6yo raced with a lot of zest and looked all over the winner turning for home, but after looking dangerous two out he stayed on to chase home the Jonjo O’Neill trained winner.

In a similar race he will take a lot of beating.

Luca Cumani won the King Geoffry Stakes with Mount Athos (5/4 fav) at Newbury on Saturday making the step up to Group 3 in grand style, beating Brown Panther by three-lengths.

The next stop for the Newmarket horse is the Melbourne Cup with the bookmakers going 14/1 (from 20/1) for the race down under.

Declaration of war is expected to line up at Goodwood on Saturday in the Celebration Mile having not been seen on a racetrack since winning on the fibersand at Deauville back in December.

Ebor Montivado should be well up to delivering a big run at York on Saturday in the 3.40 Betfred handicap. Sir Mark Prescott’s 4yo, a game winner at Goodwood this month when backed down to 13-2, is expected to run a huge race for the master of Heath House.

Fire Eyes is the one to be on in the 4.15 (Listed) Julie Graves Roses Stakes. David Brown rates the 2yo priceless.

Ring me on 07850602524 for news of my private racing service.