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.
Sajjhaa leads the way in the first standings issued for this year’s Cartier Racing Awards after recording four victories from five stars this year.
All of the six-year-old’s successes came at Meydan, Dubai, where she captured a pair of Group Two contests, plus the Group One Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline and the Group One Dubai Duty Free on World Cup Night, March 30.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained mare was fourth in the Group One Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin on her latest outing in April and her total of 75 points is enough to top both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse Award at this early stage.
Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge, who was narrowly denied in the Newmarket equivalent of the Classic, is close up on 72 points in the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings with recent Group One Prix d’Ispahan scorer Maxios (64), trained by Jonathan Pease in France, next.
In the Cartier Old Horse category St Nicholas Abbey (56) has been in fine form for trainer Aidan O’Brien this season, annexing the Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines and an unprecedented third consecutive Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on Saturday.
News from the Newmarket gallops is that Sir Henry Cecil’s Riposte is bang on track to have a crack at the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at RoyalAscot next week.
The daughter of Dansili was so impressive when winning her maiden at Newmarket last month and her trainer is over the moon with her preparation for the Royal meeting.
Broadway Duchess was so good when winning her maiden at HQ over the weekend she quickened in nice style to assert going into the dip and won going away. She looks a very smart prospect and will get the mile with no problem and one to keep on the right side of this Summer.
The Queen’s Estimate has been well backed (6/1 from 8/1) this week for the Ascot Gold Cup and is said to be thrilled at the prospect of having her first Gold Cup winner at the meeting.
In the last 60 years she has had 21 winners at the meeting including Estimate last year in the Queen’s Vase with her first back in 1953 with Choir Boy.
John Warren, the owner’s racing adviser, said: “Estimate is on target and the trainer is very happy. I am sure the Queen is really looking forward to it.
“The ground is not something we are unduly concerned about. She is a lovely moving filly and it’s not something we are losing sleep over.”
Estimate’s stablemate Bold Sniper a two-time winner is being aimed at the King George V Handicap and the horse is reported in rude form at Newmarket.
Tiger Cliff has been the subject of good money this week with the bookmakers (8/1 from 10/1) for the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle later this month. The stayer’s race is one of the biggest handicaps of the season and always draws a huge crowd.
Libertarian has been well backed (3/1 from 5/1) for the St Leger in September. The 3yo ran a huge race in the Derby to finish second and is crying out for the trip.
I have backed the colt at 7/1 for the final classic of the season.
At Musselburgh on Saturday Ustura looks a good thing in the 3.00 and gets the nap bet.
Call The Colonel on 07850 602524 for his racing service.