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 seen on TV.
THE Rest of the World won the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup with 89 points, ahead of 55 for Team Europe, 54 for The Girls and 46 for Great Britain and Ireland .
Matthew Chadwick, riding Mince in the final race, the Cup Sprint at Ascot on Saturday, took the Silver Saddle award for being the leading jockey on 45 points.
His victory was also judged the ride of the day and Chadwick said: “Mince travelled beautifully, hit the front and she wasn’t going to lose.
“It was a big team effort from the other two boys - it’s all about consistency and we managed to pull it off.
Yutaka Take, the team captain of the Rest Of The World, was delighted at the triumph for his team.
Take said: “I am very happy. With it being the year of the Olympics, we were aiming for gold.
“I was pleased with how I got on today - I did not have any winners myself but my team mates both won. I love coming to Ascot and the Shergar Cup and, if possible, it would be great to return next year.”
* EXCELEBRATION (5/2 fav) ran away with the big race at Deauville on Sunday for Aidan O’Brien.
O’Brien said: “We were very excited with Excelebration today. He probably realised that Frankel wasn’t in front of him today.”
The 2,000 Guineas 10/1 favourite Mars could clash with Dawn Approach at the Curragh in the Group 2 Galilieo Futurity Stakes on August 26.
O’Brien said: “We’ll see how he is nearer the time but the Futurity is the way we are thinking.”
He also said St Nichlas Abbey, winner of the Coronation Cup for the second consecutive year, could clash with Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York on August 22.
* MY eye-catcher for the little black book this week is Altaria, second to the improving Caphira at Kempton on Monday.
Amanda Perrett’s Rail Link fillie should do a lot better next time out with the experience behind her and the 3yo looks a leading contender to lose her maiden tag very soon.
At Yarmouth on Tuesday, Dannious recorded a five from five C&D wins in the Great Yarmouth Tourist Authority Handicap.
Ed Walkers’s 6yo always saves his best efforts for this seaside track and the plan is to come back next week and go for win number six.
Prince Regal won well for Alan Jarvis in the Maiden and sets the standard to win again for the in-form stable.
Frankel is 1-7 with Hills to make it 13 wins from 13 runs at York next week in the Juddmonte International Stakes and news from Newmarket is that the stable star is in tip-top form and ready to win again.
At Ripon on Saturday in the Great St Wilfred (Handicap), Fulbright has been the money horse this week from 14-1 to 10-1 with the bookmakers. The Mark Johnson trained 3yo has been working well since his last win at Newmarket and is expected to run a big race this weekend.
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