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.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Ruler Of The World lived up to his name when landing an eventful Investec Derby by a length and a half at odds of 7/1 last Saturday at Epsom.
O’Brien said: “I’m not sure where he’ll go next. He’s still a baby, that’s why we took him to Chester last time to get some experience.
“The whole thoroughbred breed hinges on the Derby. It’s what racing is about for everyone working in stables and on studs.”
Jockey Ryan Moore added: “This is the most important race of the year and I’m lucky to be riding the best horse.
“I thought he had a good chance today but it was only his second start at Chester, last time, over a mile and a half on soft ground, so you are never quite sure what you have.
“It was a very dramatic race to be part of. They went a slow gallop early on and I had to step back and take cover behind the favourite (Dawn Approach), who didn’t settle. I was caught very deep but I was able to creep into it nicely.
“I got to the front very quickly and it was a matter of holding on and toughing it out, which you don’t really want to be having to do. It was quite a tactical race.”
Dawn Approach may have lost the Derby in the first stride of the race, Godolphin racing manager Siomon Crissford said: “I think something happened when he came out of the gates which set him alight. I’ve seen the picture of the jockey sitting very awkwardly as he jumped out.”
Runner-up Libertarian ran a blinder and next goes to the Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 29.
Ladbrokes have cut Libertarian to 6/1 for the St Leger with Ruler Of The World at 4/1 for the final Classic.
Fahh is the 3/1 favourite with the sponsor for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month.
At Newmarket on Saturday don’t miss Enrol in the 2.55. Sir Michael Stoute’s 4yo is the subject of glowing gallop reports from HQ and a big run is on the cards.
Sir Henry Cecil’s Ghost Runner is expected to make another bold bid in the 4.40 on the July course.
Anquetta looks a good thing in the 7.45 at Stratford on Saturday evening. Nicky Henderson does well with his summer jumpers and with a clear round should take all the beating.