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.
Pin-up girl Hayley Turner, whose mount Seal Of Approval fell nearly two furlongs out in the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster last Thursday, was taken conscious to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for further assessment.
She was treated on the spot by the Doncaster Racecourse medical team for about 15 minutes before being transferred by ambulance to hospital.
The Doncaster stewards judged the fall to be an accident. Racing was delayed but the main thing was that Hayley escaped serious injury.
Sad news hit the press room last last week that Midlands based bookmaker Tom Flewitt died at the age of 85. He stood as Tom Fruit at the tracks, notably Leicester where he had a pitch for over 40 years.
Ballydoyle won the season’s final classic, Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday with Leading Light (7/2) favourite. The Queen’s Vase winner hit the front two furlongs from home holding Oaks winner Talent, with Gallileo Rock third and the Derby runner up Libertarian fourth.
Leading Light has been quoted 20/1 for the Arc by William Hill and only 12/1 with Ladbrokes and Bet365 for Paris next month.
The very smart filly Viztoria, trained in Ireland by Eddie Lynarm, beat Lockwood in the OLBG Park Stakes at Town Moor on Saturday, taking her prize money earnings past £160,000.
The Japan trained Orfevre was stunning when winning Qatar Prix Foy at Longhamp on Arc trials day last Sunday and is now clear 11/4 favourite with William Hill for the Prix De L’arc De Triomphe next month at Longhamp.
The racing world paid their respects to the late Sir Henry Cecil on Monday.
The Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday looks wide open and a minefield for punters to try and solve. The best backed horse for the sprint is Jack Dexter (7/1 from 10/1) but the one I have backed is Baccarat at 10/1. Coral Mist looks a useful sort and is fancied to follow up in the 3.15 at Ayr.
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