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50/1 nap scores for Farringdon

It’s not often that newspaper tipsters put forward 50/1 chances as their daily nap, but that’s exactly what Farringdon did on 26 October, and the Morning Star’s tipster was rewarded when the Rebecca Bastiman-trained gelding, Highlight Reel, won the apprentice contest at Ripon. That victory was the key component of a 36.8-point yield by Farringdon, which, not surprisingly, secured top spot in the October Napchecker naps table.

Racing Post Ratings finished second on 14 points with Scout (Express) third and Kevin Walsh (Irish Post) fourth. Glendale (The Scotsman) and Robin Goodfellow (Mail) also recorded useful October profits.

In September, Kevin Walsh topped the listing, despite a miserly strike-rate of 10%. This time around Farringdon found just three winners (11% strike-rate) but still ended the month well in credit, with Al Aresh (8/1, Wolverhampton, 12 October) also on the scoresheet.

In stark contrast, Racing Post Ratings registered an impressive 41% strike-rate – 11 winning naps from 27. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this performance was the absence of a losing sequence of any serious length. Winners came along with a pleasing regularity with 9/2 Joie De Vivre (Ayr, 26 October), 4/1 Almufti (Kempton, 14 October) and 4/1 Kaizer (Carlisle, 22 October) leading the way.

The Scout also maintained a high October strike-rate (38%) despite a seven-day losing run between 9 and 15 October. The highlight was a run of four straight wins kick-started by the headquarters success of Nazeef (17/2, 3 October). Cheltenham’s October meeting provided two decently priced naps Rouge Vif (5/1, 23 October) and Frodon (9/2, 24 October). The final return for the month was a highly commendable 7.3-points.

The Kevin Walsh roadshow continued in October. Following first places in August and September, the Irish Post’s pundit secured yet another profitable return in October, with a 21% strike-rate generating a 5.3-point gain. In September Walsh unearthed a winning 25/1 nap and on seven occasions in October he went with runners priced 10/1 and above. He again struck lucky as 11/1 Robinshill was successful at Ludlow (22 October). Three days later, Minellacelebration was on the scoresheet at Aintree at 15/2.

Like Racing Post Ratings, Glendale finished the month with a 41% strike-rate. Winning naps included two 100/30 chances, Durrell (Southwell, 6 October) and Act Of Wisdom (Newmarket, 21 October).

Demachine, a winning 8/1 nap at Uttoxeter on 16 October was the main contributor to Robin Goodfellow’s 2.4-point October yield. Robin Goodfellow was also on song with 25 October Aintree winner, Minellacelebration, and now boasts a 12-point yield for 2020. That tally puts the Mail’s napster in second position in the table, behind Kevin Walsh who now has a 28-point yield for the year.


Racing Post Spotlight have started November with a flurry: four winning naps from five (9.6 points up). The same paper’s Ratings are also in good shape (8.3 points up; three from five). The Star’s Patrick Weaver has been in sparkling form with his general tips. A 25% strike-rate has yielded a huge 23.4-point profit to a £1 stake.

Date Published: 06/11/2020