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.
The foot-perfect Cue Card ran out a brilliant winner of the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday for the Tizzard family at odds of 9/1, beating a star-studded field of steeplechasers, notably Dynaste and Silviniaco Conti with the red hot 15/8 favourite Bobs Worth out with Monday’s washing.
Cue Card is now as low as 5/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March with Bobs Worth the market leader at around 4/1.
Nicky Henderson’s Rolling Star showed he is a class act when winning the Betfair Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday, the four-year-old stayed on well to draw clear of Doyly Carte and after this was introduced into the ante-post markets for the Champion Hurdle at around 20/1.
The 11/10 favourite Gentildonna won the Japan Cup for Ryan Moore and trainer Sei Ishizaka over the weekend, beating Denim And Ruby by a nose to become the first dual winner of the Japan Cup in front of a crowd of 97,420 in Tokyo.
The Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours, winner of the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last season and Henderson’s number one hope for the Champion Hurdle, is my nap bet this Saturday in the Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The winning trainer said: “He had been going well at home and we are very happy with today’s win. He is a very good horse.”
The Seven Barrows-trained gelding owned by JP McManus is fully expected to win this weekend on his seasonal re-appearance.
At Newbury on Saturday Invictus will give you a good run for your money in the Hennessy Gold Cup at a working man’s price of around 7/1.
Alan King’s six-year-old, a winner of four of his nine races to date, has had a schooling gallop around Newbury this week, jumping nine fences and that would have put him spot on for Saturday.
At Musselburgh today, Mahican is the one to be on in the 12.40 Juvenile Hurdle. John Ferguson’s three-year-old hurdler is the subject of glowing home reports from HQ.