Top racing tipster Kevan Minter, known as The Colonel, gives readers his top tips for the weekend ahead. Kevan, who lives in Stamford, is trackside most days and is regularly on television.
Bernard Westley’s Premio Loco is among 27 horses going forward for the feature £100,000 Betfair Celebration Mile on Saturday, August 24, the middle day of three at Goodwood.
Chris Wall’s stalwart and talented nine-year-old deniedThistle Bird and Aljamaaheer in a thrilling finish to last year’s renewal and heads into this year’s contest on the back of similarly gutsy success at Newmarket on August 3.
Premio Loco failed to fire in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot on July 13, but proved he could still be competitive at major meetings when a close second under top-weight in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June.
Betfair have already paid out on Richard Hughes retaining his jockeys’ title.
With him being 17 clear of Ryan Moore they make Hughes 4/5 to be champion jockey in 2014 and Ryan Moore next best at 100/30.
Richard Hughes celebrated with a five-timer at Windsor on Sunday at odds of 1/16,2/5,11/4 2/1 and 6/5 which paid almost 36/1.
David Livingston(15/2) was in sparkling form to beat the hot-pot Telescope(4/9f) in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
Mike de Kock’s winner could head to Turkey next in the Valuable Bosphorus Cup meeting at Veliefendi.
Sir Michael Stoute reported Telescope was beaten fair and square and they would think about where to go next with the highly touted three-year-old.
Puissance De Lune has been backed this week 7/1 from 9/1 with William Hill for the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.
Soft Falling Rain, unbeaten in seven races, has his first British assignment at Newbury on Saturday in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs.
The Mike de Kock four-year-old is expected to run well for the South African wizard but I fancy Saeed Bin Suroor’s runner Tawhid to go close for Godolphin.
Graham Lee could be the jockey to follow at Chester on Saturday. He has a great book of rides especially Can You Conga in the 3.45 and at HQ the best bet is Lily Rules in the 1.50.