The Colonel’s racing tips for Royal Ascot

Racing journalist Kevan Minter from Stamford Photo: SM150211-009js
Racing journalist Kevan Minter from Stamford Photo: SM150211-009js

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 television.

Ascot Racecourse has announced that the 2013 Queen’s Vase, to be run on Friday, will be titled The Queen’s Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil.

Jointly with the King Edward VII Stakes, the Queen’s Vase was the race in which Sir Henry had the most success with eight winners. He also holds the outright record in that race, with no other trainer having matched that tally.

Along with the Gold Cup and the Royal Hunt Cup, the Queen’s Vase is one of three races at Royal Ascot for which The Queen donates her own trophy.

Jockeys riding in the race will wear black armbands and on Tuesday, the opening day of the meeting, there will be a minute’s silence at the racecourse after the arrival of the Royal Procession in the Parade Ring.

“Sir Henry was an intrinsic part of Royal Ascot with 75 winners over more than four decades,” said Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot.

“It is no secret that Royal Ascot was his favourite meeting of the year and we felt it was fitting to honour his achievements here next week, and remember the passing of one the greatest figures that the world of sport has ever seen.

“Our thoughts are with Sir Henry’s family and I am delighted that Lady Jane will be accompanying the Countess of Wessex for the trophy presentation following the Queen’s Vase.”

The legacy of Sir Henry Cecil will live on. So many tributes have been made following his death at the age of 70 but for me he was outstanding as a trainer, a lovely man and my racing hero. Thank you for giving us Frankel.

l The Group 1 Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting on Friday can go to Charlie Hill’s Just The Judge (5/2), ridden by Jamie Spencer.

The Diamond Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday can go to Society Rock (9/2) who was unlucky not to beat the great Black Caviar in this race last year and then went on to take the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

James Fanshawe’s sprinter is in sparkling form after some sterling work on the Newmarket gallops and is expected to give another good account for the in-form stable.

At Ascot on Saturday Enrol has a solid chance in the 6f Wokingham handicap sprint. At around 14/1 he looks a sound E/W selection in a wide open contest.

Sir John Hardwick, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will take all the beating in the Group 2 Hardwick Stakes on Saturday at Ascot.

l Call The Colonel on 07850 602524 for his racing service.