The Colonel’s latest horse-racing tips

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.

Australian superstar Black Caviar has been retired undefeated winner of 25 races including 15 Group 1 wins.

She won every race odds on, and trainer Peter Moody said: “She is in great shape. We thought long and hard about Ascot but it’s a good time to finish as she’s done everything we’ve asked of her.

“What else can we achieve? We don’t want to do anything wrong by the horse.”

Black Caviar was a freak of nature who dominated her sphere and was crowned champion sprinter in the world Thoroughbred Rankings for the last three years.

Bookmakers Coral go 5/4 for Black Cavier’s first foal making a winning debut - good luck to any punter that takes that crazy price.

Toronado, four-lengh winner of last week’s Craven Stakes at Newmarket, is at single-figure odds for the Derby with Bet Victor at 8/1.

Richard Hannon’s unbeaten three-year old beat Havana Gold in style and the trainer said: “He quickened, and quickened again. He’s a very good horse. He’ll come back here for the Guineas and whatever beats him will win.”

A big move for Hot Snap in the ante-post market this week and is now generaly 3/1 favourite. Henry Cecil’s fillie was a good winner of the Nell Gywn Stakes at HQ last week.

At Ripon on Saturday Lady Kashaan from the in form Alan Swinbank yard has leading claims in this 2.55 2m Handicap.

Down at Sandown Park the best bet on the card is Queensberry Rules in the 3.50.

At Huntingdon on Sunday Haar looks a bet in the 4.30 Andy Turnell’s 9yo looks of a good mark.

Call The Colonel on 07850 602524 for his racing service.