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Racing: Latest tips from The Colonel

Cheltenham Racecourse will name the 2013 running of the National Hunt Chase at The Festival in honour of the late John Oaksey, who died aged 83 on September 5.

In over 50 years of professional involvement in racing, Lord Oaksey earned the admiration of everyone he came into contact with.

He was twice champion jump amateur rider (1957/58 and 1970/71), an outstanding writer on all aspects of the sport and a highly successful pundit on television.

He also left an enduring legacy to racing when helping found what is now known as the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

The 2013 John Oaksey National Hunt Chase is on Wednesday, March 13. The National Hunt Chase is the race around which The Festival was originally established and, in its early years, the race moved from course to course. Since 1911, it has been firmly located at Cheltenham.

Frankel the world’s greatest racehorse was flooded with Christmas cards as he gets ready as his first season as a stallion .

The four-year-old has been allowed controlled grazing as part of his preparations at the stud which is only four miles from his home at Sir Henry Cecil’s Warren Place Stables.

Flemenstar is expected to take all the beating in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown today (Friday).

The Peter Casey trained chaser did a pleasing gallop at the Curragh on Sunday, Paddy Power make him 11-8 favourite for the race with a clear round he should win.

Nicky Henderson landed the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day with the champion two seasons back Long Run for Sam Waley-Cohen, it was a true test of stamina on ground as sticky as a Christmas pudding, Captain Chris ran a blinder in second.

I hope you all got a bet on Long Run as I told you week’s ago he was back to his old self.

At Wolverhampton tomorrow back Dazzlin Bluebell in the 3.10 Classified Stakes, the Tim Easterbery trained three-year-old is expected to go very close for the shrewd yard. The best bet at Newbury this weekend is Tarquin De Seuil in the 2.45 (Grade 1) Challow Hurdle.

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.

 

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