The Colonel: Racing tips and looking ahead to Glorious Goodwood

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.

Roger Charlton’s Dundonnell is on course for Glorious Goodwood with a tilt at either the Lennox Stakes or the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.

Entries for the £150,000 Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs, which is raced on the opening day, July 30, close early for the first time this year on Tuesday, next week.

Dundonnell, a Group Three winner at two in the seven-furlong Acomb Stakes at York last year, finished sixth to Dawn Approach in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, having landed the seven-furlong Listed King Charles II Stakes under a penalty at Newmarket in May.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Dundonnell’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “We are looking at our options for Dundonell and both the Lennox Stakes and Thoroughbred Stakes are under consideration.

“He ran well at Royal Ascot. He did not quite get the run of the race but it was a very high-class race. He got the mile OK and, although he didn’t get clearest passage, ran right to the line.

“He won well over seven furlongs before that so he is versatile but we aren’t favouring one race over the other at this stage and will have a look nearer the time.”

The Lennox Stakes has produced top-class performers with recent winners Chachaimaidee (2012), Paco Boy (2008) and Court Masterpiece (2005) all going on to score at Group One level.

The £60,000 Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, over a mile, takes place on Friday, August 2.

l Trading Leather landed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby for Jim Bolger at the Curragh last Saturday giving the trainer his second win in the race after St Jovite’s success in 1992.

The winning trainer said: “It doesn’t get much better than this. I wont to thank all my staff, who are wonderful. He is not easy at home, he takes a lot of riding and keeping under control. I can’t credit my staff enough.”

l Kingman turned in a devastating debut at Newmarket on Saturday in the 7f Maiden to earn quotes of 12/1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.

The Gosden 2yo could next run in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Ascot in August. The Newmarket trained colt has plenty of scope and looks every inch a winner in waiting. He is one to keep on the right side of this season and next.

l The former champion jockey Frankie Dettori is set to have a new riding contract with Sheikh Joaan Al Thani who is a top man in the breeding world.

The 42-year-old stoped riding for Godolphin last Autumn and then got hit with a six-month drug ban, from which he returned only on the eve of the Derby.

l Sad news that Great Leighs had its fixtures application rejected by the BHA last week no doubt they had there reasons but it’s not good for the sport a great track like that just being used for a car boot sale on a Sunday morning.

l My nap bet for the weekend is Al Kazeem in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

The Prince of Wales Stakes winner at Royal Ascot is 11/8 favourite with the sponsor to grab the Group 1 for Roger Charlton. The danger is Declaraction Of War.

The Richard Hannon trained Wentworth looks set to go close in the 2.40 Coral Challenge on the Sandown card while at Haydock in the 2.55 Wild Coco looks very much the one to be on.

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