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.
At Lingfield Park on Wednesday the well-bred Tarooq marked himself down as a sprinter to follow with a smooth length and a half success in the six-furlong £45,000 Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park, setting a new track record in the process.
The seven-year-old was running for the second time for trainer David Barron, who is now eyeing All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfied Park on Good Friday.
The North Yorkshire-based Barron said: “I haven’t had a look yet to see what our options are from here as we are in the hands of the handicapper and it is pointless trying to make a plan until we know what mark we are up to.
“He is probably going to go up to 104 or something like that.
Reve De Sivola landed the Long Walk Hurdle for Nick Williams at Ascot last weekend and is now got a quote of 14/1 for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
The Paul Nicholls trained-champion Big Buck’s took an important step towards his bid for a remarkable fifth Ladbrokes World Hurdle with a gallop before racing at Exeter last Thursday.
The trainer said: “He had a good gallop over two-miles around Exeter and we will do the same in a month’s time somewhere he looked as good as ever and the aim is to have him ready for the Cleeve Hurdle at the end of January and then the World Hurdle in March.”
The bookmakers make him 3/1 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the festival in March.
Goonyella has been a market mover this week 8/1 from 10/1 for the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday and at Leopardstown in the Lexus Chase Bobs Worth has been all the rage 7/4 from 9/4 with Boyles Sport with the layers.
The banker bet this weekend has to be Hurricane Fly in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday. The 8/11 with Paddy Power looks value and the Fly should be 1/3.