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.
THE awesome unbeaten Frankel (1-10 favourite) made a seamless transition from mile to middle distance, crushing his rivals over the extended mile and a quarter in the Juddmonte International Stakes last Wednesday.
Frankel won by an easy seven lengths from Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey at York l in front of a huge crowd to extend his unbeaten career record to 13 races.
His official rating may change this week. Currently rated 140, he could match or top Dancing Brave’s all-time high of 141.
His final race is likely to be the £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes, the highlight of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 20. The leading bookmakers make Frankel 1-10 for the race.
Teddy Grimthorpe said: “Henry and the prince have made the correct calls all along, which is why we’ve ended up having the day’s that we have had.
“We must do what is best for the horse. It would be nice to carry on and on, but he has given us three unbelievable years and deserves his place to stud.”
“If Frankel does not run in the Arc he may well turn out in the Moulin. It’s a nice option to have.”
l TOM Queally is now just 20 points behind Joseph O’Brien in the Jockey of the Series table, while Sir Henry Cecil is third in the Trainer of the Series table.
The Aga Khan’s smart fillie Shareta won the Darly Yorkshire Oaks at York last Thursday. The 2-1 shot beat the well touted The Fugue in a photo finish by a neck.
The french trained fillie is now 25-1 for the Arc with Coral and Paddy Power and a bit shorter elsewhere.
Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: “The Arc is the target with maybe the Vermeille before, but her chance in the Arc would depend on the ground.’’
l ON Family Fun Day at Yarmouth, Jawhar was the best-backed winner on the eight-race card. The William Haggas trained 4yo only had to be shaken up to close home to land the gamble (15-8 from 3-1) and will now need to go up in class and could be a horse to follow.
l DEAUVILLE Prince (3-1) was a classy winner of the listed £15,000 Ripon champion two-year-old trophy on Monday. Tom Dascombe’s Holly Roman colt has plenty of early speed and could make in to a very good 3yo next season.
At Beverley on Saturday Liberty Island in 3.45 Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap should take the beating in this class 5 sprint. Ian Semple has his string in good form at present.
The best bet on the card at Market Rasen on Saturday is Carrietau in the 6.25. Lucy Alexander rides the 9yo for Barry Murtagh a big run is expected.
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