Top racing tipster Kevan Minter, known as The Colonel, gives readers his top tips for the week ahead. Kevan, who lives in Stamford, is trackside most days and is regularly on television.
Oisin Murphy had a memorable first visit to Ayr on Saturday with a stunning 9,260/1 four- timer.
The Irish star jockey won the Ayr Gold Cup with Highland Colori (20/1) and then followed up with three more beauties.
Murphy said: “I still can’t believe it. I will probably never ride another four-timer, but I am very lucky because you can’t do it without the horses and so many trainers are really supporting me. I’d never been to Scotland before but I won’t mind going back.’’
The 82-year-old trainer Mick Easterby is retiring at the end of the year leaving his son David to take over his job at the Yorkshire stable.
Nicky Henderson’s stable superstar Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten in the last two seasons, looked magnificent at the open day at Seven Barrows on Sunday. The seven-year-old’s early season target could be the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in December.
Champion apprentice Amy Ryan, who has not ridden since injuring her shoulder in a very bad fall at York back in July, is unlikely to ride again for the rest of the season.
Last season’s 66/1 Grand National winner Auroras Encore looks set to return at Wetherby in the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase in November.
Sky Lantern has been the subject of good money this week with the bookmakers (2/1 from 5/2 ) for the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Royal Ascot winner Berkshire is expected to take all the beating in the £60,000 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes on the Rowley Mile on Saturday.
The Paul Cole-trained colt is reported to be in rude form but must have fast ground to be seen at his best. Jim Crowley takes the ride on the two-year-old.
Lady Cecil’s Joyeuse is strongly fancied to take the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. The two-year-old looked a very good horse winning at Salisbury last time out.
At Ripon on Saturday the best bet on the card is the William Haggas-trained two-year-old Jacob’s Pillow.