Kevan ‘The Colonel’ Minter tips Star Lahib to run well in John Smith’s Cup

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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.

Following last month’s showcase of all 30 Royal Ascot races live on Channel 4, racing’s sole broadcaster has agreed full coverage of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup across their media platforms.

Viewers will be able to watch all six races from Ascot on Saturday, August 10, allowing them to appreciate the whole showdown between a fantastic line-up of top class international jockeys, including a red-hot Girls Team.

The international jockeys’ tournament comprises six £30,000 handicaps with the first two races free to air on More4 between 12.45pm and 1.40pm.

Viewers can then switch to Channel 4 at 1.45pm for the remaining card leading up to the lifting of the Shergar Cup by the victorious team at about 4.20pm. Channel 4’s event coverage starts with The Morning Line at 7.55am with afternoon racing to include two additional Haydock Park races.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4’s Sports Editor, says: “On the back of extensive Royal Ascot exposure, we are delighted to be able to show all six races from the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup live on More 4 and Channel 4.

Al Kazeem recorded a feat not achieved for over 20 year’s when he won the Coral -Eclipse at Sandown last weekend and is now bang on target for a crack at the Qatar Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October for which he is a 8/1 shot.

The 15/8 favourite looked a class act and I think he will be a better horse over a mile and a half, he has plenty of stamina and could be a Arc winner in the waiting take the 8/1.

Sky Lantern will prove hard to beat in the Falmouth Stakes on the July course at Newmarket on Friday.

The 3.50pm Darley July Cup at HQ on Saturday can go to Society Rock. The James Fanshawe trained sprinter has worked well on the Limekilns on his build up to the big race and at 5/1 looks value for a big run with Kieren Fallon taking the ride.

At York on Saturday, the gallant Old Newton Cup winner Star Lahib is fancied to run well in the valuable 2.55pm John Smith’s Cup, Mark Johnston’ filly has come out of last week’s Haydock race well. The best bet at Ascot is Chris Wall’s Bassara in the 3.40pm.