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

Bobs Worth was the hero at Henderson’s yard after his gutsy win in the Gold Cup at last week’s Cheltenham festival at 11/4, beating Sir Des Champs and stable companion Long Run to make his handler the top festival trainer with 50 winners.

Bobs Worth is clear 3/1 favourite for next year’s race.

Barry Geraghty said: “It’s one of my biggest days of my life, but all I can think about is a good friend of ours John McNamara in hospital

“I’II dedicate this race to him if it’s any good, but we all just want him to be okay.”

After Siomonsig’s win in the Arkle Chase at 8/15 favourite, Nicky Henderson reported that his scope was not quite right and that’s why he failed to win in his usual flamboyant style but his class got him through to beat 33/1 shot Baily Green.

Rebecca Curtis’s At Fishers Cross winner of the Albert Bartlett could bid for more championship glory at Aintree or Punchestown the six-year old is unbeaten in five runs over hurdles this term.

The trainer said: “At Fishers Cross has surprised me how well he came out of the race and I was very pleased the way he quickened up the hill.”

Ralph Beckett has ambitions of a second Investec Oaks victory with three promising fillies featuring among the 67 entries received for this year’s Classic at Epsom Downs on Friday, May 31 - Investec Ladies Day.

The handler sent out Look Here to success in 2008 and his contenders for Investec Oaks glory are headed by Secret Gesture, who is a 20/ following a comfortable success on her second outing at Newbury in October.

The three-year-old daughter of Galileo, owned and bred by Newsells Park Stud, is from the family of the 1998 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Sagamix.

Beckett revealed this week: “We are looking at the Investec Oaks for Secret Gesture but we have to find out if she is good enough to go to Epsom first.

“Her next start will be in a trial but obviously which trial she goes for depends on how everything pans out.

“She has wintered well and is going well. She has not done any fast work - she is a way off that yet - but is in good shape. She was pretty backward last year and she did well to achieve what she did.

“On pedigree, the step up to middle distances should really suit her this year and if she is good enough for the Investec Oaks, the trip is not going to be an issue.”

Beckett has also entered Kempton conditions race scorer Talent and Hold On Tight, who finished third in her only outing last season in a competitive mile maiden at Newmarket.

William Haggas’ smart 4yo Nine Realms is the subject of good betting support in the William Hill Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday (5/1 from 8/1) and Chapter Seven (10/1 from 14/1) has been backed E/W by some Newmarket faces.

Pat Eddery is expecting a big run from Incorporate in the 1.30 at Doncaster on Saturday after a good run at Kempton last time out.

The best bet at Newbury this weekend is La Sacre in the 4.05 Tony Carroll has his team in good order Josh Hamer takes the ride on the hat-rick seeking 4yo.

Call The Colonel on 07850 602524 for his racing service.