Racing: Tips from The Colonel

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, is regularly seen on TV and runs his own website.

Glorious Goodwood is set to be a truly cosmopolitan meeting this year, with Pattern winners from Germany and Japan due to run at the five-day meeting which starts on Tuesday.

The German owner/trainer Dominik Moser is aiming another raid on Britain with Gracia Directa, who is being targeted at the £55,000 Group Three Oak Tree Stakes over seven furlongs next Friday.

The four-year-old filly posted a half-length success in the six-furlong Group Three Summer Stakes at York on July 13.

Gracia Directa had previously shown form in Germany, winning a Listed contest over six furlongs at Hoppegarten on May 27 and easily scoring in a Baden-Baden handicap over a furlong further on May 17.

Curragh-based trainer Takashi Kodama is also hoping to be represented at Glorious Goodwood by a pair of Japanese graded winners.

Shadow Gate enjoyed his finest hour with victory in the Group One Singapore International Cup in 2007 and the veteran performer, twice successful in Grade Three contests in his native country, could line up in the £60,000 Coutts Glorious Stakes over a mile and a half next Friday.

Richard Hughes is now 5/4 with Corral to take the Jockey championship with Ryan Moore the 4/6 favourite.

My note pad horse for this week is Vanity Rules who was sixth to the smart looking Mystical Moment on her debut at Newmarket on Friday in Maiden Fillies Stakes after a string of big bets struck during the day 7/2 from 10/1.

The John Gosden trained two-year-old ran as if the run would bring her on and she should be sharper next time out.

Great Heavens (5/4 favourite) won the Darly Irish Oaks for John Gosden at the Curragh on Sunday after Saturday’s unlucky second with Nathaniel nosed out in the King George at Ascot 24 hours early.

Trade Commissioner has been backed this week 4/1 from 6/1 with the firms for the Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) at Goodwood next month.

At Southwell on Monday Only Ten Per Cent won the first race on the card and looks one to follow on the fibresand as all four wins have come at Southwell.

At York on Saturday Klynch has been the one for money this week from 16/1 to 12/1 for the Sky Bet Dash ( Handicap ) Ruth Car reports the six-year-old sprinter in rude form and expected to make his presence felt.

At Newmarket I’m Back is fancied to follow-up in the 4.35 Conditions Stakes and at Sailsbury the best bet is Sir Trader in the 7.45 Maiden Stakes, The Roger Charlton well bred three-year-old will be well backed to lose the maiden tag.

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