Racing tips from The Colonel

Kevan 'The Colonel' Minter
Kevan 'The Colonel' Minter
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Top racing tipster Kevan Minter, known as The Colonel, gives readers his top tips for the week ahead. Kevan, who lives in Stamford, is trackside most days and is regularly on television.

West Country wizzard Paul Nicholls is preparing Unioniste and Tidal Bay for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase Meeting, which takes place at Wetherby this weekend.

Unioniste, winner of last season’s Grade Three December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, is on course for the £100,000 bet365 Charlie Hall Chase over three miles and a furlong on day two of Wetherby’s biggest meeting of the year.

The five-year-old has been successful on three of his five starts over fences since joining Nicholls from France and was last seen finishing fourth in the Grade One RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Unioniste is likely to clash with 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run whose owner, Robert Waley-Cohen, revealed on Twitter that the Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old had worked well at the weekend and could make his seasonal return in the Chase.

Others who may run in the Chase include Grand National winner Auroras Encore, trained in Yorkshire by Sue Smith, and Grand Crus from David Pipe’s Somerset yard.

Nicholls also plans to send Tidal Bay to Wetherby to defend his crown in the £36,500 Grade Two bet365 Hurdle over three miles and a furlong.

The Coolmore trained Declaration Of War will line up for the Breders Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday and it could well be his last outing according to his trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Sad news last week in the Racingpost that Cooldine died at the age of 11 after a spell of hunting in Dorset. He had won three hunter trial’s and four in the show ring since retiring from racing under rules

Mak Tompkins has retired his 2008 Brigader Gerard winner Smockey Oakey

Roger Varian is dreaming of the Derby after his top two-year old Kingston Hill ( 7/2 favourite ) ran- away with the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy on Saturday at Doncaster on the final day of the 2013 flat season.

* Call The Colonel on 07850 602524 for his racing service.